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ACLU of Utah to file class action lawsuit

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-14 23:56:32-05

The upcoming filing is on behalf of same-sex couples married before the stay on Amendment 3 ruling

SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says it’s getting closer to filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of same-sex couples who got married before the stay on the Amendment 3 ruling.

Same-sex couples attended a meeting Tuesday night at the Utah Pride Center to decide whether they want to join a class action lawsuit being filed soon.

It's been less than a week since they announced their intention to sue the State and so far, according to the local chapter of the ACLU, there are hundreds of couples on board.

"We were the first 100," said Megan and Faith Holm who represent the more than 1,300 same-sex couples who for married in Utah. "Everything is just kind of up in the air right now."

More than a dozen LGBT couples packed the Utah Pride Center to learn more about the ACLU's pending class action lawsuit.

"When we announced Jan. 9 that we were seeking plaintiffs, that really was the beginning stages of planning and thinking of a lawsuit and after January 9th we did hear from hundreds of people," said John Mejia, the legal director of the ACLU of Utah.

Mejia said it's not a matter of if, but when they file a suit. There's also a question of what the plaintiffs should get.

"We may or may not ask for damages. From our perspective the most important relief we would get from this lawsuit is the immediate recognition of those marriages," Mejia said.

Mejia said the ACLU of Utah will file the suit against the State in less than a week.