The U. S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments later this month on a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, narrowly approved by voters in 2008. The amendment to the state’s constitution states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The Utah Pride Center and 26 other groups recently filed a brief with court urging the justices to declare that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Last month the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with other churches and groups filed a brief supporting traditional marriage.
We’ll debate the merits of Proposition 8 and gay versus traditional marriage on Wednesday’s Access Utah.
Our guests will include Utah lawyers Brett Tolman and Paul Burke, who wrote the Utah Pride Center’s brief; Lynn Wardle, Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at BYU; Bill Duncan, Director the Sutherland Institute’s Center for Family and Society; and Valerie Larabee, Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center.