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Supreme Court Grants Stay in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay to prevent same-sex marriages in the state of Utah pending a final decision on the matter by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Utah's Attorney General Sean Reyes applied for the stay after a federal judge in the 10th circuit court struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. About 1,000 marriage licenses were granted during the time period between the ruling striking down the ban and the Supreme Court's injunction. Those marriages will not be recognized by the state until the end of legal proceedings.

The state of Utah also announced that it would appeal the circuit court's ruling, leaving open the possibility that the case returns to the Supreme Court in its next term. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it would require the court to make a ruling on the rights of states to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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