U.S. Supreme Court Overrides Utah District Judge and Puts Same-Sex Marriages on Hold

Jan 6, 2014


Washington, DC—The United States Supreme Court halted same-sex marriages in Utah while a federal court of appeals considers the state’s appeal. On December 20, 2013, a district court judge ruled that the state’s one man, one woman definition of marriage was unconstitutional. The judge then refused to stay the decision while the case was being appealed. In the meantime, several same-sex couples rushed to get married. The state then filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the case, and today the Justices, without comment, stayed the ruling, thus blocking any further same-sex marriages until the case is decided by the federal appeals court.

“It is outrageous that a single, activist, federal judge thinks he has the power to rewrite the definition of marriage and then force his oxymoronic definition on the people of Utah,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“There are higher laws in effect for all of us that are part of the natural created order, and one such obvious law is that men and women are created compliments to one another,” Staver says. “Marriage is not just an emotional bond between two people memorialized by a legal document. It is an institution ordained of God to rightly order procreation and provide the best environment for the well-being of children. The natural family is fundamental to our very existence,” says Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.



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