Supreme Court issues stay on Utah same-sex marriage order

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The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah's governor in a marriage equality case.

The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between Dec. 23, 2013 and Jan. 6, after 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, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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:

Joshua Block, a staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, said, "We are deeply disappointed by the decision to grant a stay pending appeal, but despite this setback, we are confident that when the appellate process is completed we will prevail and these lawfully married same-sex couples will once again be given the same legal protections as ever other legally married Utah couple."

While Utah will continue to refuse to recognize the gay couples' marriages, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize them.

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