Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Case Reaches U.S. Supreme Court

Published on August 08, 2014 at 12:21PM

The legal battle over Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage has entered the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court. This week the state filed its appeal of a lower court ruling which overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. John Mejia is the legal director with the ACLU of Utah. He says a Supreme court ruing in favor of same-sex marriage would essentially legalize it nationwide. Mejia said, “If the Supreme Court says that the federal Constitution ‘equal protection’ means that states may not bar marriage between same-sex couples, then that will bind all 50 states and all jurisdictions in the United States because the federal constitution trumps state law.”

Late last year, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby overturned Amendment 3, which had amended the Utah state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court then granted a temporary injunction stopping same-sex marriages while the state of Utah continues its efforts to overturn Judge Shelby’s ruling.