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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Same-Sex Marriages In Utah


​The U.S. Supreme Court has halted same-sex marriages in Utah pending the state's appeal of a federal district judge's ruling, which removed the state's same-sex marriage ban in December. 

The New York Times reports:

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked further same-sex marriages in Utah while state officials appeal a decision allowing such unions.

The terse order, from the full court, issued a stay “pending final disposition” of an appeal to the federal appeals court in Denver. It offered no reasoning.

The Supreme Court acted more than two weeks after a federal judge in Salt Lake City on Dec. 20 struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated principles of equal protection and due process.Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court refused to stay his decision while it was appealed, as did the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver.

More as this story develops.


This is a necessary step in ensuring that when the final decision is made to allow same-sex marriage (as it probably will be), there will be no further legal recourse to be taken by those who oppose it, and the decision will stand permanently. It's red tape and nothing more.

I'm actually a little surprised: since the Utah verdict was so deeply rooted in the Supreme's own ruling in DOMA, I thought they might let it stand.

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