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LDS Church, 4 lawmakers to chime in on gay marriage case

Published February 8, 2014 12:16 pm

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UPDATED Feb. 7, 5 p.m.:

The list of briefs that three appellate judges hearing same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and Oklahoma will have to pore through keeps growing.

As of Friday, 17 groups — including a consortuim that includes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — have given the court notice they plan to file amicus briefs in the case. Many also filed briefs in the two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases and a 9th Circuit Court appeal of a lower court's decision upholding Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage. In the 9th Circuit, there are more than 30 friend-of-the-court filings.

Here are the entities who've piled on the Utah and Oklahoma cases so far:

• Consortium that includes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, National Association of Evangelicals, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Ethics and Libery Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

• The Sutherland Institute

• The Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund

• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

• American Leadership Fund

• Family Research Council

• Paul McHugh, M.D., a Distinguished professor of psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University

• Coalition that includes The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, The Coalition of African-American Pastors USA and the Frederick Douglass Foundatoin

• David R. Upham, political science professor at the University of Dallas

• Helen M. Alvare, law professor at George Mason University

• Lynn Wardle, Brigham Young University law professor on behalf of "Utah counties"

• Concerned Women of America

• State of Indiana and other states

• Roberta Kaplan on behalf of Utah couples Douglas Wortham and Nicholas Nero; Lynn Beltran and Claudia O'Grady; and Stanford Rovig and Charles Fluke

• Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, Ryan Anderson, authors of "What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense."

• David C. Walker representing seven social science professors

• The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

• Dani Hartvigsen for Doug Mainwaring, Alana Newman, Robert Oscar Lopez and Janna Anderson

• Robert Theron Smith for Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George; Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper; Rep. Kay McIff, R-Richfield; and Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville

— Brooke Adams