Judges named in Amendment 3 case

Posted at 9:27 AM, Mar 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-31 11:41:49-04

DENVER — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has named the three judges who will hear Utah’s Amendment 3 appeal.

In a calendar posted Monday morning, the appeals court said Judges Paul Kelly, Jr., Carlos Lucero and Jerome Holmes would hear the case on April 10.

  • Judge Paul Kelly Jr. was confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992, having been nominated by President George Bush;
  • Judge Carlos Lucero was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed to the appeals court in 1995;
  • Judge Jerome Holmes was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court in 2006.

Holmes has heard Utah’s requests for emergency action in the Amendment 3 appeal. He and Judge Robert Bacharach in those cases rejected every one of the state’s request.

The state is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Amendment 3, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Dec. 20 decision by Judge Robert Shelby cleared the way for nearly 1,300 same-sex couples to marry in the state before the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah’s request for a stay pending appeal.

RELATED: See FOX 13’s coverage of Amendment 3

Read court documents filed in the Amendment 3 appeal