Monday, January 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Stops Gay Marriage in Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped gay couples from continuing to marry in Utah, after the Gov. officially asked it.

Remember that only a few days ago, a Federal district judge had struck down the Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, and nearly 1,000 couples there had already married.

Now, the Supreme Court has put on hold equal marriage in Utah with the following brief order:

"The application for stay presented to Justice Sotomayor and by her referred to the Court is granted. The permanent injunction issued by the United States District Court for the District of Utah, case No. 2:13-cv-217, on December 20, 32013, is stayed pending final disposition of the appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit".

The Supreme Court order will remain in effect until the Court of Appeals decides whether or not to uphold Federal judge's ruling.

Joyce and Lecia, one of the couples 
who married last week in Utah


  1. By David McKown:

    Should just flush about 15 states. That one in particular.

  2. By Eddi Haskell:

    It is unavoidable. And predictable.

    I do not see any way the court would have not issued a stay.

    The 10th district needs to rule.The 10th district is under the Supreme Court. They will do this within 60 days - 120 days. Even if they vote that same-sex marriage it will go to the supreme court anyway on appeal. And another stay will probably be issued.

    Basically, the Supreme court will need to make a ruling before any state is compelled to have same-sex marriage. A lower court cannot compel any state in our federal system without the Supreme court taking the matter up -- unless they refuse to hear the case.

  3. By Peter hiv:

    I feel for those couples that married. Are their marriages annulled now? It was terrible here in Oz with the 30 or so couples that got married in the ACT and the Abbott led High Court challenge succeeded.

  4. By Brett Wilkins:

    Shades of Prop 8...