Supreme Court Puts Utah Marriage Equality on Hold for Now

More than 900 gay and lesbian couples have been able to marry in the state.

In the weeks since a federal judge struck downUtah's gay marriage ban and then refused to issue a stay on his decision, more than 900 gay and lesbian couples have been able to marry in the state. But now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has issued a stay, which will halt further same-sex marriages in Utah for the time being:

The order follows an emergency appeal by the state following the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples' constitutional rights. [...]

The high court order will remain in effect until the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to uphold Shelby's ruling.

The full text of Sotomayor's extremely brief order is here.

Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.

 

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