The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has backed the December 2013 decision from U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the Utah Constitution's ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution.
Shelby wrote that the ban denies “gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.”
Sen. Jim Dabakis quickly responded to the news:
"I am joyous, as I know hundreds of thousands of LGBT folks and their families are, all across the great state of Utah. This is a pro-family decision and it fits squarely with true Utah family values—love, kindness and a fair playing field for all It wonderful to see Utah, once again lead the country in gay rights."