Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling to US Supreme Court

Ruth Hackford-Peer (L) and Kim Hackford-Peer sign their marriage certificate after getting married as Reverend Curtis Price (C) watches at the Salt Lake County office building in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 20, 2013. A federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Friday, handing a major victory to gay rights activists in a conservative state where the Mormon church wields considerable influence. (Photo: Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

as Final Holdout Counties Distribute Licenses


By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter

Utah announced its plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a district judge’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The state announced its appeal plans Thursday as Utah’s last four holdout counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following the orders of Gov. Gary Herbert.

The office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said that the state will consult with outside attorneys in the coming days and seek an emergency stay with the Supreme Court as soon as possible. “The Attorney General’s Office is preparing an application to the United States Supreme Court requesting a stay of the district court’s order,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

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