Supreme Court Puts Utah Marriage Equality on Hold for Now
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.