Circuit court sets expedited timing for Utah’s same-sex marriage appeal

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The United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, ordered an expedited briefing schedule for Utah’s appeal of District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling that Utah’s anti-gay marriage laws and constitutional amendment we unconstitutional.

The order schedules the state’s opening brief and appendix to be filed on or before January 27, 2014.

Restore Our Humanity’s lawyers must then file a response on or before February 18, 2014.

Any reply brief shall be filed on or before February 25, 2014.

“Requests for extension of time are very strongly discouraged, and will be considered only under extraordinary circumstances,” the justices wrote in the order.

This is the first phase of the state’s appeal. After these briefs, the court will hear oral arguments. No schedule is yet set for that.

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