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Utah to Ask Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriages
But state needs a few more days to get request for emergency stay in order
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2013 6:31 PM CST
Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices on Dec. 20.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf)

(Newser) – Utah said today it will ask the Supreme Court to halt gay weddings in the state as it appeals a lower court's ruling that allows them to take place, reports the Guardian. The state's attorney general confirmed that his office will seek an emergency stay from the high court, but it needs a few more days. When it eventually gets filed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor will get first crack at it because she has jurisdiction over Utah appeals, reports CNN. She could either handle the state's request by herself or, more likely, ask the other justices to vote.

All of this comes in the wake of federal Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling last week that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Since then, scores of same-sex couples have gotten married in Utah, and the state has failed twice to get lower courts to halt the marriages as it prepares its appeal. A handful of counties had refused to issue licenses, but all have agreed to comply with Shelby's ruling as of today, reports AP.

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Dec 27, 2013 1:54 PM CST
the supreme court has already determined that there is no sound basis for denying equal marriage rights. this appeal is going nowhere.
Dec 27, 2013 10:41 AM CST
Mormons...I mean morons...same difference.
Jon Q. Publix
Dec 27, 2013 8:43 AM CST
The Supreme Court needs to halt same sex marriages; otherwise, Jesus may smite Utah. This makes as much sense as faith healing. And we know how well that works. I'd like to see what a good modern day smiting looks like and Utah is as good a place as any. So let'er rip, let's see what Jesus has got. My guess is --- nothing. Wonder how the religious explain the obvious fact that Jesus has yet to smite Canada, Europe and South America where same-sex marriage has been legal? Logic is not something that often manages to invade the religious mind.