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Utah AG picks outside counsel in same-sex marriage fight
10th Circuit Court » The state hired a BYU and Yale law school grad to help it argue the case against the repeal of Amendment 3.


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All briefs from both sides are due to the 10th Circuit Court by the end of February. Oral arguments are likely to take place by summer.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Oklahoma overturned that state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage — which was approved by 76 percent of Oklahomans who voted in the 2004 election. Like Utah’s amendment, it also barred recognition of licenses issued by states where same-sex marriage is legal and other relationships, such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt called the decision "troubling." Pruit said Oklahoma plans to watch what happens to the Utah appeal rather than wage its own battle defending its law.

"There is a case involving the State of Utah currently pending before the 10th Circuit that is identical to the case in Tulsa," Pruitt said in a statement. "The issue most likely will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court and the outcome will dictate whether Oklahoma’s constitutional provision will be upheld."

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