Utah is joining more than a dozen other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold state and federal laws that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The state has signed on to two amicus, or friend of the court briefs, that ask the nation's high court to overturn lower court rulings that invalidated California's Proposition 8 and the U.S. Congress Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
Passed by voters in 2008, Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California. DOMA was enacted by Congress in 1996 and established the definition of marriage in federal law for the purpose of deciding who may receive federal benefits. Proposition 8 was struck down by a panel of judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012. DOMA has been struck down by four federal district courts and two appeals courts.