Utah puts same-sex marriage on hold

By Marcina Zaccaria,

In a decision on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court halted gay marriage in Utah by granting a request from state officials.

Utah's application went to the Supreme Court after a decision on Dec. 20 by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. The application was filed with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency requests from Utah and the Rocky Mountain States. Justice Sotomayor chose to refer the issue to the Supreme Court as a whole. Monday's order from the court was only two sentences long.

This application went to the Supreme Court after a Dec. 20 decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. According to Reuters, this decision temporarily halts gay weddings in Utah while the case goes to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court has agreed to hear the case quickly, with February 25 as the final day for court papers to be filed.

The next move will happen in Denver, according to the Associated Press, where the appeals court will consider arguments against same-sex marriage as well as from the three gay and lesbian couples who challenged the ban in support of Shelby's ruling.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

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