Federal ap­peals court: Gays have right to marry

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

DENVER (AP) — A federal ap­peals court ruled for the first time Wed­nes­day that gay cou­ples have a con­sti­tu­tional right to marry, ex­tend­ing the move­ment’s le­gal win­ning streak and bring­ing the is­sue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states can­not de­prive people of the fun­da­men­tal right to marry sim­ply be­cause they choose a part­ner of the same sex.

The court dis­missed as “wholly il­log­i­cal” the no­tion that al­low­ing gays to wed could some­how un­der­mine tra­di­tional mar­riage.

The de­ci­sion by the 10th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals panel up­held a lower-court rul­ing that struck down Utah’s gay mar­riage ban. It be­comes law in the six states cov­ered by the 10th Cir­cuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mex­ico, Ok­la­homa, Utah and Wy­oming. But the panel im­me­di­ately put the rul­ing on hold pend­ing an ap­peal.

The Utah at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice planned to ap­peal, but it was as­sess­ing whether to go di­rectly to the U.S. Supreme Court or ask the en­tire 10th Cir­cuit to re­view the rul­ing,

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