Disgraced former Navy chaplain “Gr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt may have decided that Jesus would overrule the Supreme Court’s striking down of Utah’s gay marriage ban, but apparently Jesus isn’t as bigoted as right-wing “Christians” claim he is.
While the Attorney General’s office may have requested a halt to same-sex marriages, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals slapped down the request. However, it did grant a temporary stay until July 21, giving the state time to crawl to the conservative-heavy Supreme Court, relying on its newfound ability to make irresponsible decision, as with Hobby Lobby‘s “religious objection” to certain forms of birth control.
Utah Attorney General’s spokeswoman Missy Larsen said they would file an appeal next week. “In response to the United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit denial of stay in Evans v. Utah, the State is prepared to file an Application for Stay before the United States Supreme Court in the coming days to avoid uncertainty, as noted by the dissenting Judge on the Tenth Circuit. The State recognizes that pending cases regarding same-sex marriage in Utah impact the lives of many individuals and families and is diligently seeking uniform certainty through proper and orderly legal processes until Kitchen v Herbert is resolved.”
Since the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down, more than 1,200 marriages were performed before Governor Gary Herbert ordered the state not to recognize the marriages or provide benefits to legally married couples–including the ability to adopt and name changes.