1,300 same-sex couples who married in Utah last year could soon have their marriages recognized by the state. Late Friday, a three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit of Appeals ruled that the state had to recognize these lawful marriages just as the federal government has done. The decision was stayed by the court.
In May, the same panel of 10th Circuit judges upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Earlier this week, the state attorney general’s office announced it would appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state had hoped for a permanent delay in any recognition of these marriages until the Supreme Court heard its case. Now, it has until July 21 to request intervention from the Supreme Court.