Utah turns to U.S. Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage during appeals

By Kyle Johnson,

Utah has decided to ask Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the U.S. Supreme Court to halt gay marriages while the state appeals the original ruling that made them legal.

The state first turned to U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby before Christmas and requested a suspension to marriages while Utah goes through the appeals process, but he turned them down. He was also the same judge that ruled it was unconstitutional for the state to ban gay marriage.

So now Utah has gone to the highest court in the country in the hopes of getting the halt it desperately wants, reports The New York Times. The request went to Sotomayor, who is in charge of emergency requests for the Rocky Mountain area of the United States.

A ruling could be forthcoming over the next few days as Sotomayor will likely consult with all of the Supreme Court justices to make a decision.

Since the original ruling by Shelby, over 900 gay couples have already gotten marriage licenses in the state, which is largely made up on Mormons, who were surprised by their 2004 amendment being struck down.

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