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December 27, 2013

Utah Ruling Heads to Supreme Court

"In June, when the Supreme Court stopped short of deciding whether the Constitution guaranteed a right to same-sex marriage, many thought the court had bought itself several years before it had to confront the question again," the New York Times reports.

"But the issue will soon return to the court, with officials in Utah saying that within the next few days they will ask the justices to block a trial judge's decision last week that allows same-sex couples to marry there."

Rick Hasen: "It is fairly likely that the Court grants a stay to keep the status quo as things progress in the 10th Circuit. That will buy the Court some time. But not that much. I expect within a year or two this case or another will make it to the Court in a way that leads the Court to decide the same-sex marriage issue on the merits. There are just too many questions, and so much litigation, for the Court to avoid the merits for too long."


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