SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge is deciding whether Utah voters have the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
Attorneys for three gay couples challenged Utah’s Amendment Three, which says the state only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.
The plaintiffs are asking Robert Shelby, a U.S. District Court Judge, for a summary judgment ruling that the state acted against the constitutional rights of gay couples when the amendment was passed.
The state has argued that only allowing marriage between a man and a woman promotes responsible procreation and supports the “optimal mode of child rearing.”
Phil Lott is a Utah assistant attorney general, and he said Amendment Three doesn’t come from a place of bigotry.