Karen Archer and Kate Call were married in
The couple isn't alone Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity have been partners for four years and they too feel discriminated against. "We would like to buy a house, we would like to evolve our business and it's hard to be legally recognized as a couple owning a business but rather as just business partners,” says Sbeity.
On behalf of the plaintiffs their attorney Peggy Tomsic says the lawsuit against Amendment 3 can now move forward following the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling striking down the Defense of Mariage Act. "We welcome and applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for giving us an additional platform to argue and utilize in striking down what is fundamentally unconstitutional unfair and that is Amendment 3," say Tomsic.
In a sit down interview with ABC 4 Utah, Attorney General John Swallow says since the high courts ruling the state has 45 days to analyze, prepare and file a response with the Salt Lake District Court. “What the U.S. Supreme Court really did is they left it to the states. So, in a state like
However, for the two couples they have high hopes in the outcome of their lawsuit. “We look forward to having Amendment 3 struck down in the courts.” No trial date has been set for the case, but Tomsik says they hope to fast track the case and have it complete within the year.