Today, June 25th, 2014 the Tenth Circuit Court of appeals has upheld Judge Shelby's ruling on Amendment 3 in Utah's marriage equality case! Today's decision from the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirms that every citizen has the unalienable right to the constitutional guarantees of Due Process and Equal Protection of the Laws. These rights include the government-granted benefits and protections of civil marriage, and specifically, the right to create a life and future with the person she or he loves.
UPDATE June 26, 2014
Restore Our Humanity started as an informal discussion group with a handful of participants on social media. Without support from any other organization, Restore Our Humanity approached James Magelby and Peggy Tomsic of Magelby and Greenwood P.C. and helped recruit six courageous Plaintiffs. The teamwork of Restore Our Humanity, the Plaintiffs, and Magelby and Greenwood P.C. resulted in Judge Robert J. Shelby’s historic ruling to bring marriage equality to Utah.
We are proud and humbled to be a part of Kitchen v. Herbert. Nevertheless, we recognize our limitations and finite resources. Restore Our Humanity is a tiny, volunteer, grass-roots organization which has never sought the national spotlight. Our focus as an organization always has been to serve the diverse communities of, and effect real, lasting, positive change here in Utah.
As Kitchen v. Herbert moves forward into the national arena, Restore Our Humanity is confident that the attorneys at Magleby & Greenwood, together with national organizations dedicated to marriage equality will successfully pursue the case with dedication and skill. Restore Our Humanity is honored to pass the torch of Kitchen v. Herbert to these organizations.
This starts a new chapter for Restore Our Humanity. Restore Our Humanity will continue to promote awareness of Kitchen v. Herbert and coordinate fundraising activities to assist in financing the costs of the case. In the near future, Restore Our Humanity will continue to focus most of its resources and efforts to this end, while, at the same time, beginning to grow and develop its mission as a broader human rights organization.
Restore Our Humanity is a grass roots, human rights organization, currently working to create marriage equality in the state of Utah, and around the nation.
Restore Our Humanity holds a variety of events including rallies, festivals, and fundraising parties. Find out about up coming events here.
Every dollar you donate will go to creating equal marriage rights, creating a stronger, healthier community.
The Historical Moments So Far
Back in December of 2013, Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah's ban on marriage equality known as Amendment 3. More than 1,300 LGBTQ couples got married during a window created between the ruling, and a stay the state was able to impose 17 days later. On April 10th, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, a 3 judge panel heard oral arguments on our Kitchen v Herbert case, which brought down Amendment 3 in Utah. Now, in the hands of the Tenth Circuit Court, a decision made there will affect all states in the circuit including Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. We are creating marriage equality not only for our state, Utah, but our sister states of the Tenth Circuit. TOGETHER we can win marriage equality!