10th Circuit Court of Appeals denies Utah indefinite stay on same-sex marriage ruling

10th Circuit Court of Appeals denies Utah indefinite stay on same-sex marriage ruling

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave Utah until July 21st to ask SCOTUS for an indefinite stay on a ruling that ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriage.

From the ACLU:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit denied Utah’s request to suspend a lower court’s ruling ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted additional marriages from taking place.

Over 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah during that time period. In May, a federal court ordered the state to recognize those marriages as legally valid, but Utah had asked that the lower court’s order be suspended as the appeals process continued. Today’s ruling denies that request, but does give the state 10 days to decide to seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Utah’s Attorney General has issued a statement saying he will appeal to Justice Sonia Sotomayor (who handles appeals requests for the 10th Circuit):

“The State recognizes that pending cases regarding same-sex marriage in Utah impact the lives of many individuals and families and is diligently seeking uniform certainty through proper and orderly legal processes until Kitchen v. Herbert is resolved.”