Utah joins court case supporting California gay marriage ban

Utah has joined 12 other states in opposing a judge's decision to overturn voter-approved Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in California.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff signed on to the amicus or friend-of-the-court brief filed last week in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco ruled last month that Prop 8 violates the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection. The lawsuit was brought by two same-sex couples after the ballot measure passed in 2008, amending the California Constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

Prop 8 backers appealed Walker's decision and a three-judge panel in the appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

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