December 21, 2013 (updated 9:49 a.m. CST)
SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby unilaterally overturned Utah’s ban on homosexual marriages Friday, opening up a Pandora’s Box many would rather stay closed.
Shelby cited the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection clauses as reason to strike down the law in the very conservative state. Coincidentally or otherwise, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down parts of Utah’s ban on polygamy earlier this week, de-criminalizing the practice. He ruled the law violated the Freedom of Religion clause pursuant to the First Amendment.