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Utah Ordered to Recognize More than 1,300 Same-Sex Marriages

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Utah will be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed during the brief period in which couples were able to obtain marriage licenses in the state.

More than 1,300 same-sex marriages were performed in December 2013. U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball is ordering Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to recognize the marriages that were performed during the 17 day period after a court ruling briefly overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional “because it denies the Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”  Over the weeks that followed more than 1,300 same-sex couples were legally married in Utah before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay pending final disposition of the appeal by Tenth Circuit.  The case was initially filed on March 25, 2013 on behalf of three same-sex couples, one of which was legally married in Iowa but sought for Utah to recognize their marriage.

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