10th Circuit Refuses Stay for Utah Same Sex Marriages

Written by melnathan on December 25th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 7.07.57 PMAp is reporting that a federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.

Judge Robert J. Shelby‘s decision last week to strike down a 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban sent gay couples rushing to county clerk offices to get marriage licenses. About 700 gay couples have obtained licenses since Friday, with most of the activity in Salt Lake City. The State then made several attempts to stay the marriages, right up to the 10th Circuit, with all 4 attempts at an emergency stay denied.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals‘ rejection of Utah’s request for an emergency order to put gay marriage on hold marked was the latest legal setback for the state. Utah’s last chance to temporarily stop the marriages would be a long-shot request before U.S. Supreme Court.

That’s what the Utah attorney general’s office is prepared to do, spokesman Ryan Bruckman said. Gov. Gary Herbert‘s office declined to comment on the decision.

“We’re disappointed in the ruling, but we just have to take it to the next level,” Bruckman said.

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