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Supreme Court Says Utah Does Not Have To Recognize Gay Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court declared that Utah will not have to recognize the marriages of nearly 1000 same-sex couples that took place when Utah's same-sex marriage ban was struck down in December 2013. The stay is pending appeals on the ruling by state officials.

From The New York Times

The court’s order was two sentences long and said only that a lower court’s ruling “is stayed pending the final disposition of the appeal” by the federal appeals court in Denver.

The marriages took place between Dec. 20, when Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court in Salt Lake City struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, and Jan. 6, when the Supreme Court issued a stay blocking that ruling while the decision was appealed.

On June 25, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, upheld Judge Shelby’s ruling. Utah officials have announced that they will soon ask the Supreme Court to hear that case, which presents the separate and much larger question of whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Friday’s order came in a different case, one concerning the status of what the state calls “interim marriages,” meaning those entered into during that period in December and January when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed.

We guess married same-sex couples in Utah will have to wait until they hear from the U.S. Supreme Court.