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Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Utah

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 6, 2014 11:10 EDT
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A wedding cake with a groom couple and a bride couple is seen at a celebration of the over 100 same-sex marriages performed in West Hollywood (AFP)
 
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Same-sex marriages in Utah were halted by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

The nation’s highest court granted Utah’s request to suspend a judge’s ruling that allowed same-sex marriage in the state. Judge Robert J. Shelby had ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in late December.

The Attorney General of Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling last Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage will be on hold in Utah until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals makes a ruling on the case.

The Supreme Court said the ruling should be stayed “to minimize the enormous disruption to the state and its citizens of potentially having to ‘unwind’ thousands of same-sex marriages.”

Nearly one thousand same-sex couples have tied the knot since Shelby’s ruling in December.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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