SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined four other religious organizations to file a “friend of the court” brief in the appeal of Amendment 3.
According to a statement from the LDS Church, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod filed the brief collectively.
In comments to FOX 13 on January 9, an LDS Church spokeswoman said they were “not currently planning” to get involved in the Amendment 3 case.
The LDS Church came under heavy criticism for its involvement in California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state. It was overturned by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.
On Dec. 20, 2013, a federal judge in Salt Lake City declared Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and doesn’t recognize anything else — unconstitutional. After that ruling, more than 1,300 same-sex couples wed in Utah until the U.S. Supreme Court halted it pending the appeal.
An amicus curiae brief can be filed by any individual or organization who, while not a party to a particular case, wishes to advise the court on matters pertaining to the case.