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Procreation dropped in Utah's stay application to Supreme Court

Jan. 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Utah made a subtle shift its stay application to the U.S. Supreme Court defending traditional marriage, dropping references to procreation.

Instead, the application, filed Tuesday, refers to child-rearing, whether through procreation or adoption, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.

The state argued it is likely to prevail in reversing legalization of same-sex marriage because of the "large and growing body of social science research" supporting what it described as a "rational" interest in opposite-sex marriage.

That research, it said in the filing, backs "the importance of providing unique encouragement and protection for man-woman unions" because it shows children do best when raised by a father and a mother, and limiting marriages to such unions increases that likelihood.

It does not elaborate on the soundness of the point it calls "gender complimentarity," the newspaper noted.

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