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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Courts - 10th Circuit "Appeals Court Refuses to Halt Same-Sex Marriages in Utah"

So reported Jack Healy late yesterday for the NY Times. Some quotes:

DENVER — A federal appeals court cleared the way on Tuesday for same-sex marriages to continue across Utah, denying an emergency request from state officials to halt a flood of unions that began after a lower-court judge declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. * * *

“This is one of the most conservative Republican states in the country,” said Clifford J. Rosky, a law professor at the University of Utah who served as a minister to wed same-sex couples on Monday. * * *

When [Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court] denied Utah’s request [for a stay], the state took its case to the appeals court in Denver, but the judges rejected Utah’s request. Mr. Rosky said the ruling suggested that the judges did not believe Utah was likely to succeed in its appeal defending the marriage ban, and that they saw no irreparable harm in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 25, 2013 09:21 AM
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