Judges named in Amendment 3 case
DENVER — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has named the three judges who will hear Utah’s Amendment 3 appeal.
In a calendar posted Monday morning, the appeals court said Judges Paul Kelly, Jr., Carlos Lucero and Jerome Holmes would hear the case on April 10.
- Judge Paul Kelly Jr. was confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992, having been nominated by President George Bush;
- Judge Carlos Lucero was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed to the appeals court in 1995;
- Judge Jerome Holmes was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court in 2006.
Holmes has heard Utah’s requests for emergency action in the Amendment 3 appeal. He and Judge Robert Bacharach in those cases rejected every one of the state’s request.
The state is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Amendment 3, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Dec. 20 decision by Judge Robert Shelby cleared the way for nearly 1,300 same-sex couples to marry in the state before the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah’s request for a stay pending appeal.
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