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January 06, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages in Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court "put same-sex marriages in Utah on hold, granting the state's request for a stay while it appeals a ruling that laws banning such marriages are unconstitutional," the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

"The court said the stay would be in place until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver makes a decision on Utah's appeal."

Rick Hasen: "This is no surprise. Recognizing a constitutional right to same sex marriage is a big deal, which requires thought, consideration and preparation in the public if this is going to happen through the courts. In Utah, one of the most conservative states in the union, we went all of a sudden overnight from no gay marriage to gay marriage. There was little indication for those not following developments it would happen. I think it did happen because Utah's lawyers continually botched their stay requests, and the Judge was following the arguments that were presented to him. And once things started, Utah botched again how it handled its request in the 10th Circuit."

National Journal: "The status of some 1,000 same sex marriages that have occurred since the ruling remains unclear."


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