Stay Lifted on Utah Same-Sex Adoptions

by Norris Law Group on November 12, 2014

Stay Lifted on Utah Same-Sex AdoptionsThe Deseret News reports that the Utah Supreme Court lifted a stay on the ability of same-sex couples to adopt children in Utah on October 23. This continues a story that this blog first discussed on April 1 and again on May 21.

The stay was originally ordered in May 2013 by the Utah Attorney General’s office after three judges approved adoptions by same-sex couples who happened to marry in Utah while it legal between December 2013 and January 2014 when a U.S. district court overturned Amendment 3, which defined marriage as only being between a man and a woman. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from Utah and five other states on October 6, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in these states.

Upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline to hear any appeals from states attempting to block same-sex marriage, Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah issued a statement that all Utah state offices “”should conduct business today and going forward, recognizing all legally performed same-sex marriages.” Utah has also asked that its appeal to recognize same-sex marriage be dropped.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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