A Thousand Marriages in Utah Are Now in Question

Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex marriages in the state.

Vin Testa from Washington, waves the rainbow flag in support of gay marriage in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2013.
National Journal
Brian Resnick
Jan. 6, 2014, 5:59 a.m.

The Su­preme Court has is­sued a tem­por­ary hold on same-sex mar­riages in Utah. Mar­riage li­censes to couples will be on hold as well. The state had been is­su­ing li­censes since fed­er­al judge Robert Shelby de­clared the state’s same-sex mar­riage ban un­con­sti­tu­tion­al in a Dec. 20 de­cision. The status of some 1,000 same sex mar­riages that have oc­curred since the rul­ing re­mains un­clear. 

After Dec. 20, tra­di­tion­al-mar­riage ad­voc­ates sent Su­preme Court Justice So­nia So­to­may­or a plea ask­ing for a hold. But as The Wash­ing­ton Post ex­plains, “The ques­tion of wheth­er states may ban same-sex mar­riage is not be­fore the Court in Utah’s re­quest for a stay; the case con­cerns only wheth­er the mar­riages should be stopped while the case is fur­ther lit­ig­ated.”

Ac­cord­ing to SCOTUS­b­log, “The Court’s or­der will keep the state ban in­tact un­til after a fed­er­al ap­peals court has ruled on it.”