Supreme Court Blocks Gay Marriage in Utah
January 6th, 2014
The Supreme Court has blocked any further gay and lesbian marriages in Utah after state officials appealed the decision to allow same-sex marriage. The full court ordered a stay “pending final disposition” of an appeal to the federal appeals court in Denver, Colorado, though, no reason was given. According to the New York Times: “The Supreme Court acted more than two weeks after a federal judge in Salt Lake City on Dec. 20 struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated principles of equal protection and due process. Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court refused to stay his decision while it was appealed, as did the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver.”
Concern is now mounting for the hundreds of same-sex couples that have already been married in Utah if the courts were to strike down Shelby’s ruling.