Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah

Grants emergency stay while state appeals
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2014 9:57 AM CST
Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah
In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, Cheryl Haws, right, and partner Shelly Eyre have their photograph taken after receiving their marriage license in Provo, Utah.   (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Mark Johnston)

The Supreme Court today granted Utah's emergency request to halt gay marriage within its borders while it appeals a lower court ruling that cleared the way for the unions. Per today's ruling, which SCOTUSblog notes was apparently without dissenters, all same-sex marriages are on hold until a federal appeals court rules on the Dec. 20 decision that found Utah's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Some 900 gay marriages have taken place since then, notes the AP. (More US Supreme Court stories.)

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