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Sean D. Reyes
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Utah files cert. petition with the U.S. Supreme Court defending State Marriage Laws

Aug. 5, 2014 – The Utah Attorney General’s Office today filed a petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court, request­ing review of Kitchen v. Herbert, the recent Tenth Circuit decision striking down Utah’s marriage laws. “My responsibility is to defend the State Constitution and its amendments as Utah citizens have enacted them,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “We recognize this litigation has caused uncertainty and disruption and have accordingly tried to expedite its resolution as quickly as possible by filing our petition a full month-and-a-half before its September 23rd due date. Utah welcomes a speedy grant of the petition and a Supreme Court merits decision, as all Utah citizens will benefit when the Supreme Court provides clear finality on the important issue of state authority to define marriage.”

Herbert v Kitchen Petition and Appendix