Freedom to Marry: With Appellate Argument Today, Marriage Campaign Entering “New Chapter”


New York – Today a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert, a federal case challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for gay couples. The Utah case marks the first freedom to marry case to be heard by a federal appellate court since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in United States vs. Windsor last year.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“Today marked a new chapter in the campaign to win the freedom to marry. We now begin a wave of federal appellate arguments and rulings that set the stage for national resolution by the Supreme Court. Once again it became clear in the light of a courtroom that there is no good reason for perpetuating the denial of the freedom to marry. We hope the 10th Circuit affirms what so many lower courts and a majority of the American people have concluded: it’s time to live up to the constitutional command of equality and end marriage discrimination in the United States.”

A poll last month by the Washington Post/ABC News showed 59% of Americans support marriage for gay couples. The same poll showed 40% of Republicans in favor, while a recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that a 56% majority of Republicans under the age of 45 support the freedom to marry. Freedom to Marry released a national TV ad earlier this week featuring Alan Simpson, a well-respected Republican, who served as U.S. Senator from Wyoming.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.