I am so thrilled today to learn that the 10th Circuit Court in Denver has ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional! As I write this, I have tears streaming down my face and snot running out of my nose. This isn’t an abstract idea for me; people I care about are affected by the ruling. I believe that their right to marriage can only make the world a better place. The love of two committed individuals cannot possibly endanger my own marriage or that of anyone else. In fact, I believe having more, strong, committed marriages strengthens the institution.
In March 2013, three couples filed suit challenging Utah’s discriminatory Amendment 3, banning same-sex marriage. They were: Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, Karen Archer and Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge. In December of last year, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down the ban. I was amazed at the time. I mean, Utah? Really? But then, Utah being Utah immediately appealed to the court for a stay that was granted on January 6. During that time about 1300 couples were married. Although Utah tried its best to deny those marriages, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ordered the marriages would be recognized.
Then this last April, the three couples traveled to Denver along with many supporters to have their case heard by the 10th Circuit Court. We’ve been holding our breath since then to hear the decision. Today we all breathed a huge sigh of relief! It makes me so happy to see the constant Facebook notifications of people celebrating this historic moment. I think there is hope for this world afterall:)