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Gay marriage issue could land in court

AP, SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the US Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement on Friday it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah’s marriage case.

Also taking part in the filing were The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Each teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.

“The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the constitution mandates same-sex marriage,” the brief says.

Multiple organizations and governmental entities on both sides of the debate have filed similar briefs asking the court to take up the issue.

The religious groups urged the Supreme Court on the basis of tradition and religious freedom to uphold a state’s right to not allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

Last month, attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the US Supreme Court to take Utah’s appeal of a favorable gay marriage ruling by a lower federal court.

The plaintiffs said they asked for the review even though they won at the federal appellate court level because they want the Supreme Court to weigh in on whether state same-sex marriage bans violate the Constitution.

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