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Kitchen v. Herbert

Kitchen v. Herbert is a federal court challenge to Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed March 25, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The plaintiffs are three same-sex couples: Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbiety, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, and Karen Archer and Kate Call.

On December 20, 2013, the U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and his order that the state cease enforcing its ban took effect immediately. On January 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the District Court's order pending consideration of the appeal by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals after stays were denied by the District Court and the Tenth Circuit.

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Utah taking appeal of same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge a federal appeals court's finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The state opted to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than request a review from the entire 10th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Utah AG misses filing deadline in appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes missed a filing deadline Monday set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the state's appeal of December's ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Utah ruling pushes same-sex marriage another step closer to Supreme Court

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
[caption id="attachment_144973" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Rick Bowmer, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office...

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Utah AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry. Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel ...

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U.S. appeals court rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right...

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Utah AG says defense of state’s gay marriage ban is not about hate

| Friday, April 11, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Tenth Circuit appeals panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
DENVER -- A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided during a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

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Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution.

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What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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