In 1995, the Utah House of Representatives passed H. 366, a bill banning recognition of out of state same-sex marriages and same-sex unions in the state.On March 1, 1995, the Utah State Senate voted 24–1 in favor of the bill. 24, a bill banning state same-sex marriages and its "substantially equivalent" in the state.And while the State cites an interest in protecting traditional marriage, it protects that interest by denying one of the most traditional aspects of marriage to thousands of its citizens: the right to form a family that is strengthened by a partnership based on love, intimacy, and shared responsibilities. Windsor that held Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages, unconstitutional.It was the first federal court decision to address state recognition of same-sex marriage since the U. Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, was one of the first to get married in Salt Lake City.On November 2, 2004, Utah voters approved of the amendment by a margin of 65.8% to 33.2%. On March 25, 2013, three same-sex couples, including one already married in Iowa, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Utah seeking to declare Utah's prohibition on the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution. The state argued that there was "nothing unusual" in enforcing policies that encourage "responsible procreation" and the "optimal mode of child-rearing".The plaintiffs' attorney contended that the policy is "based on prejudice and bias that is religiously grounded in this state".Amendment 3 perpetuates inequality by holding that the families and relationships of same-sex couples are not now, nor ever will be, worthy of recognition.
Weber County announced plans to open Saturday, the day after the ruling, to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples, but canceled its plans citing "security requirements" and concerns that opening early could violate "equal protection provisions".
He locked his door, and called a legislative colleague to walk with him out of the hotel.