Arguments extended in Amendment 3 appeal

Posted at 9:06 AM, Apr 08, 2014

DENVER — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Utah’s request for more time to argue the appeal of Amendment 3.

In an order issued Monday, the judges hearing the Amendment 3 case agreed to allow both sides 30 minutes for arguments. Traditionally, parties arguing before the federal appeals court only get 15 minutes.

Utah argued that because of the importance of the case, they should have more time to present arguments. Lawyers for the three gay couples suing the state for the right for same-sex couples to marry did not object.

The state is appealing a federal judge’s decision on Dec. 20, 2013 to overturn Amendment 3, which bans same-sex marriage. The decision cleared the way for more than 1,200 couples to marry in the state.

Arguments in the case are Thursday.

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Read court filings in the Amendment 3 case