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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Utah On Tuesday's Access Utah

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states, letting stand lower court rulings that allow gays and lesbians to marry. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the hold it had placed on same-sex marriages in Utah and four other states.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes said at a news conference that the state would abide by the law. The governor has sent state agencies a letter advising them to immediately recognize legally performed same-sex marriages.

State Senator Jim Dabakis says "The Supreme Court decision … allows Utah LGBT families to no longer be second-class families. This is good for them and for Utah. Equality and fairness have always been Utah values." There is a celebration, organized by Utah Unites for Marriage, planned for Monday night in Salt Lake City. Others are decrying the decision. Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society, told the Deseret News “he was ‘deeply disappointed’ that the high court failed to ‘correct the lawlessness’ of lower courts that have deprived the people of Utah and other states of their ability to protect the idea that children are entitled to be raised by a married mother and father.”

On Tuesday’s AU we’ll get reaction from Governor Herbert; from Bill Duncan of the Sutherland Institute; and others. We especially want to hear from you. You can respond to upraccess@gmail.com, on Twitter@utahpublicradio, on our Utah Public Radio Facebook page, and, during the program, 1-800-826-1495. Access Utah Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00.  

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.