File:FW- Same-sex Marriage-2013-12-24.pdf
This email was written on December 24, 2013 by L. Whitney Clayton, of the Presidency of the Seventy. It was addressed to Area Seventies in Utah just days after Judge Robert J. Shebly's ruling in Kitchen v. Herbert. Judge Shelby, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, struck down Amendment 3 of Utah’s State Constitution which defined marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman. The ruling therefore declared Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and opened the way for same-sex marriage in the State.
On December 20, 2013 Judge Shelby found Amendment 3 in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection in all laws to all citizens. The 53 page decision set off a series of other district court decisions that overturned similar bans in several other States. The ruling was later affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 25, 2014 in their 108 page ruling. On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the review the Tenth Circuit's ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah.
Mr. Clayton makes two main points in the email.
- The Mormon Church is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution from being forced to perform same-sex marriage.
- A reminder that Church policies prohibit same-sex marriages from being performed in Mormon meetinghouses.
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