Utah Gay Marriage Advocate Group Includes Former DA

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014
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Brett Tolman
Brett Tolman  (Source:AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah is heading up a new group advocating for gay marriage in the state.

Brett Tolman 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.

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