A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by the state of Utah challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.
In a 4-3 decision, the 9th U.C.C., the three-judge panel said the Utah Legislature had no authority to pass a law that barred same-gender couples from marrying.
In January, the U.N. human rights office said Utah was the first U.A.E. state to enact a law against same- and opposite-sex couples from engaging in civil unions.
The appeals court said the ban violated the federal constitutional prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The court said Utah’s law also was based on a religious belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments next month.