Couples file legal challenge to Utah’s gay marriage ban

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SALT LAKE CITY – Three Utah couples have filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to declare any state law barring same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs have asked the court to find that Utah’s Amendment 3 violates the fourteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution and stop it from being enforced.

The fourteenth amendment prohibits government from depriving people of life and liberty, and contains an equal protection clause.

Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General John Swallow and Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen are listed as the defendants.

PDF: Read the full text of the lawsuit here