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Utah gay marriage advocacy group includes state’s former U.S. Attorney

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah is heading up a new group advocating for same-sex marriage in the state.

APBrett Tolman

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Brett Tolman

Brett Tolman co-chairs Utah Unites for Marriage, which is scheduled to ask Utah officials to reverse the state’s ban on gay marriage in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon.

State attorneys in a brief filed last week told a federal appeals court that Utah’s same-sex marriage ban should be upheld, and that any ruling on the matter would be an anti-democratic “unprincipled judicial wrecking ball” hurtling toward an important area of state authority.

The Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals holds a hearing on the case April 10.

After U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby found the ban unconstitutional in December, more than 1,000 gay couples married in Utah. The U.S. Supreme Court then granted Utah an emergency stay in January.

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