Judges named in Amendment 3 case

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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.

RELATED: See FOX 13’s coverage of Amendment 3

Read court documents filed in the Amendment 3 appeal

1 Comment

  • Boj

    Well at least none went to BYU.If they do decide against Utah it can’t be said it was because they were Obama appointees, two were appointed by Bush the other by Clinton.

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