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The Tenth Circuit will expedite its review of U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby's decision to quash Utah's same sex marriage ban.
The need for an expedited review follows SCOTUS's unanimous decision to put a hold on Judge Shelby's decision. The reasoning behind the High Court's quick decision is to let the lower courts delve into the constitutional issues of a state's power to limit marriage to a woman and a man, suggests SCOTUSblog.
So what does this mean for lawyers practicing in Utah and the Tenth Circuit?
Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Timeline
Lawyers dealing with Utah's same-sex marriage ban faced several changes in the law. Here's a timeline detailing the Utah's legal battle with Utah Constitutional Amendment 3.
At this moment, same-sex marriage is still banned and practitioners must await the Tenth Circuit's decision. The case has been expedited and briefing will begin on January 27. Briefing should be completed by February 25, reports SCOTUSblog. No hearing date has been set.
While awaiting the Tenth Circuit's decision, Utah's same-sex marriage ban drops the number of states where gay marriage is legal to 17.
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January 10, 2014 Editor's note. This post has been edited to more accurately reflect the upcoming hearing and briefing dates.