Utah Gay Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court
According to Fox 13 News in Utah, Restore Our Humanity is challenging Utah’s Ammendment 3 in the State’s Constistution in Federal Court. Ammendment 3 states that ,arriage is soley defined as a legal union between 1 man and 1 woman.
Mark Lawrence, the director of Restore Our Humanity, said –
“It is clear that now is the time to strike the injustice of Amendment 3 from the state’s Constitution and restore humanity and dignity to the loving, law abiding LGBT couples who simply want equality.”
Lawrence said marriage equality is not an issue that should be decided by voters, as voters in the past have banned things like women’s suffrage and interracial marriage, according to the press release. Instead, he said the judiciary is the proper venue for this kid of change.
Matt Spencer, communication director for Restore Our Humanity, addressed the media at a press conference on Monday, and he said they have hired legal experts.
“We have a legal team, so that we can challenge Amendment 3 through the federal judiciary,” he said. “We’ve selected an amazing team. We are really happy about them.”
Spencer said they are hopeful that people will be more willing to support removing Amendment 3 than they might have been in the past.
“Opinions have been changing dramatically since 2004, and you can see it all throughout the country,” he said. “Utah, sometimes we’re a little behind the game when it comes to, you know, where the rest of the country is at, but I think that you can see a fundamental shift happening, and now is the time to really address this.”