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Lesbian couple awaiting child sues Utah over marital rights

Sunday, February 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lesbian couple awaiting a child has sued Utah, asking the state to recognize their marriage and all accompanying rights.

Kate Doe and Beth Roe were legally married in New England in 2010 and later returned to their Utah home.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in 3rd District Court, they decided to obtain a marriage license in Utah and renew their vows after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in December.

They got married before the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state’s request to halt the weddings in January.

The Deseret News reports Doe is due to give birth on Monday, and the couple claims the state’s refusal to recognize her marriage to Roe strips Doe of a legal spouse with full rights and benefits.

The suit says the two are worried Roe won’t be able to make “emergency and other significant decisions for their daughter,” who is the result of careful selection from a California sperm bank.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. YOU’RE NEXT

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:35am
  2. Solidarity!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:37am
  3. All the luck in the world Utah is gonna be a tough one

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:38am
  4. Government & Politics never DID mix – why do they insist on playing one with the other…? This IS a free country & God is the only judge of mankind – our court system has more important things to rule on than whether gays/lesbians should marry & be entitled to all rights & privileges therein with a marriage. Leave the right to marry with God, NOT with the courts!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:38am
  5. Or let other people do what they want. It doesn’t even affect you anyway

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:41am
  6. Good. Hopefully, enough of these will bankrupt the state.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:42am
  7. Fight for your rights…you go girls!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:23am
  8. Wake up, Utah!!! I’m pretty embarassed to even say you’re a part of this nation. Really. And born and raised American…

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:17am
  9. Love my LGBT siblings!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:18am