Utah gay marriage advocate group includes former DA, broadcaster

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 7:58 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY — A former U.S. district attorney for the state of Utah, a television broadcaster and Salt Lake City's mayor are heading up a new group advocating for gay marriage in the state.

Brett Tolman, Terry Wood and Ralph Becker are co-chairs Utah Unites for Marriage, which is scheduled to ask Utah officials to reverse the state’s ban on gay marriage in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon.

State attorneys in a brief filed last week told a federal appeals court that Utah’s same-sex marriage ban should be upheld because such matters should be up to each state.

The Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals holds a hearing on the case April 10.

After U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby found the ban unconstitutional in December, more than 1,000 gay couples married in Utah. The U.S. Supreme Court then granted Utah an emergency stay in January.

Coalition partners include the Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Freedom to Marry (FTM), ACLU of Utah, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).“Marriage is a commitment of love between two people,” said co-chair Terry Wood, “and all people should have the right to make that commitment without a government telling them who they can or cannot marry.”

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