The ACLU of Utah is proud to be a founding member of Utah Unites for Marriage, a broad and diverse coalition who are joining together to support the freedom to marry.
Utah Unites for Marriage, a growing group of state and national organizations, faith, business and civil leaders, and everyday Utahns, is initiating a statewide public education campaign to broaden the conversation about why marriage matters to all couples and their families.
This campaign comes on the heels of a federal court ruling that granted the freedom to marry on December 20, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court, on January 6, 2014, temporarily halted marriages from taking place while the state challenged the decision. While the litigation weaves its way through the federal court system, Utah Unites for Marriage will grow the grassroots network of people throughout the state committed to ensuring this basic freedom is soon available to everyone in the state.
You can help by getting involved today! CLICK HERE to sign the pledge saying that you support marriage for all Utah families.
Through litigation, legal advocacy, and public education, the ACLU of Utah works to protect the basic rights and liberties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. The ACLU of Utah strives to ensure that LGBTQ people have equal opportunity to participate fully in civil society, by securing freedom from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace, in housing, in businesses, and in public places. Find out more about our work in Utah>>
Current Marriage Equality Litigation
Kitchen v. Herbert (2013). On October 17, 2013, The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah submitted a “friend of the court” brief in support of a case challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Kitchen v. Herbert. The ACLU brief calls for a heightened level of scrutiny to be placed on any law that discriminates against same-sex couples and their families. On December 20, 2013, a federal court declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Evans vs. Utah (2014) The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Utah, and Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC have filed a lawsuit in Utah state court on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted marriages from taking place while the state challenged the decision. Although the marriages were valid, the state has announced that it has placed recognition of their marriages on hold indefinitely. Court Hears Oral Arguments on Marriage Equality Case (3/13/14) Court Schedules Hearing in ACLU of Utah Suit for State to Honor Marriage (3/6/14) The lawsuit argues that once same-sex couples are legally married in Utah, they gain protections that cannot retroactively be taken away under the due process clauses of the Utah and United States Constitution.
Find out about the national ACLU’s campaign Out For Freedom working on the unprecedented opportunity to achieve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples throughout the country.