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Historic Day -- In Utah's Gay Marriage Debate -- Unfolds in Denver

THE MOST RECENT 'GROUND ZERO' -- IN THE NATIONAL GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE -- WAS CLEARING THURSDAY AFTERNOON, WITH DOZENS OF UTAH ATTORNEYS... COURT OBSERVERS... AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA, RETURNING TO OUR STATE, FOLLOWING A LANDMARK HEARING IN DENVER'S 10TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.

AFTER REVIEWING HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF LEGAL FILINGS, A 3-JUDGE PANEL HEARD HALF-HOUR ORAL ARGUMENTS, FROM EACH SIDE OF THE DEBATE.

AFTERWARD, GAY MARRIAGE PLAINTIFFS WERE CONFIDENT THEIR SIDE WOULD PREVAIL.

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS ARGUED, OUR STATE'S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

THE STATE COUNTERED, CLAIMING TRADITIONAL MAN-WOMAN MARRIAGES ARE BEST FOR CHILD-REARING.

THE APPELATE COURT RULING IS NOT EXPECTED FOR SEVERAL WEEKS OR MONTHS.

OBSERVERS SAY, REGARDLESS OF HOW IT RULES, THE GAY MARRIAGE ISSUE IS EXPECTED TO ADVANCE TO THE U-S SUPREME COURT.

 

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