Background: On December 20, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, stating that Amendment 3 violated due process and equal protection rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Within hours, Clifford Rosky, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed on the ruling by several media outlets, including The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Salt Lake Tribune, the New York Post, and Fox News San Diego.
As the story continued to develop, Rosky was interviewed in followup articles by The Trib, The Washington Post, and the L.A. Times, in addition to KUTV, KSL, and ABC4, as well as international media outlets. On Monday, December 23, he discussed the issue live via video chat on The Salt Lake Tribune’s Trib Talk program. He was also quoted in a subsequent Trib article.
UPDATE: Also on December 23, Shelby denied the Utah Attorney General’s request that he stay his own ruling. The State of Utah argued that it would suffer irreparable harm if same-sex marriages were allowed to continue. The following day, the State took its argument to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which also refused Utah’s request to halt the marriages. The State of Utah has said it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of obtaining a stay.
Further Updates: Rosky appeared on the Al Jazeera America show Consider This on Friday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m. MST. He discussed the issues surrounding same-sex marriage in Utah with host Antonio Mora.