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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Utah’s Request to Stay Same-Sex Marriage Order

From the ACLU:

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014 when a court struck down Utah’s marriage bans as unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court’s order is not a ruling on the merits of the injunction.  Instead, the stay stops that injunction from going into effect until it is reviewed on the merits by the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has already clarified that these marriages will be recognized for the purposes of federal benefits.  

Seperately, the state has indicated it will be appealing the Tenth Circuit's ruling striking down Utah's marriage ban to the Supreme Court.  The state had the option of requesting an en banc appeal, but instead decided to take the case to the highest court in the land.

Earlier today the Tenth Circuit issued a ruling affirming a district court decision striking down Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality.  

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