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Motion for stay of Utah gay marriage ruling denied

Sunday - 12/22/2013, 11:30pm  ET

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal appeals court has rejected an emergency request from Utah officials to stay a judge's ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/JTtw6r ) Sunday that the state asked for the emergency stay to prevent the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned the ban on Friday, causing couples around Utah to begin making marriage plans.

A stay by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would have prevented marriage licenses from being issued while the state appeals Shelby's ruling.

State officials have also asked Shelby for a stay, and a hearing on that request is set for Monday morning.

The 10th Circuit on Sunday said they couldn't rule on a stay since Shelby hasn't acted on the motion before him.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com


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