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Same-sex marriage in Utah has been legal since October 6, 2014, following the resolution of a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on Same-sex marriage. On that day, following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal in a case that found Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriage.[1][2]

Same-sex marriage became temporarily legal in the state on December 20, 2013, as the result of a ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The United States Supreme Court stayed the ruling on January 6, 2014, while the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver considered the case.[3] On June 25, 2014, the Tenth Circuit upheld the lower court ruling, a decision that sets a precedent for every state within the circuit. However, the Tenth Circuit stayed this ruling.

Same-sex marriages that were performed in December 2013 and January 2014 in the state are recognized by the federal government, but a ruling requiring the state of Utah to recognize such marriages was stayed by the United States Supreme Court on July 18, 2014.[4] The US Supreme Court refused the appeal from the state of Utah on October 6, 2014, requiring Utah to license and recognize same-sex marriages.

References Edit

  1. "Same-sex marriage stay lifted in Utah, marriage licenses issued in Salt Lake City", Deseret News, October 6, 2014. Retrieved on October 6, 2014. 
  2. "Same-sex marriage legal in Utah after Supreme Court rejects case", KSL.com, October 6, 2014. Retrieved on October 6, 2014. 
  3. Williams, Pete and Connor, Tracy. "U.S. Supreme Court puts gay marriage in Utah on hold", January 6, 2014. Retrieved on January 6, 2014. 
  4. Justices Say Utah Doesn't Have to Recognize Gay Marriages. New York Times (July 18, 2014). Retrieved on July 18, 2014.


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