SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court will allow some crossover in the Utah and Oklahoma cases seeking to overturn district court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in those states.
At the request of Oklahoma, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals assigned the same panel of judges to hear both cases, according to an order issued Tuesday. Twenty judges sit on the court, but it typically assigns a small number to a case.
The appeals court also will allow amicus or friend-of-the-court briefs to be filed jointly in the Utah and Oklahoma cases. But that doesn't mean the cases will be combined.
Like the Utah case, the Oklahoma appeal was placed on a fast track, though several weeks behind the Utah appeal. Written and oral arguments, however, will be separate in the two cases.
Utah's initial arguments are due Feb. 3.
— Dennis Romboy