Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down By Tenth Circuit Appeals Court
Updated Wednesday at 9:34 a.m. PST:
While the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, marriages between same-sex couples cannot begin as the Tenth Circuit has also issued a stay on their ruling pending a response from the U.S. Supreme Court.
BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner writes, citing Judge Carlos Lucero's decision:
Importantly. however, he also concluded that because the Supreme Court stayed the trial court’s ruling in the Utah case pending the 10th Circuit appeal that it should stay its mandate of the appellate ruling “pending the disposition of any subsequently filed petition for writ of certiorari” to the Supreme Court.
The stay means same-sex couples’ marriages cannot continue at this time in Utah.
It's still very good news, guys!
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban!
The Tenth Circuit Court is the first appeals court to rule on same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act!
More as this story develops!