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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay, Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Not Be Recognized Pending Appeal

17 July 2014 Published in Newsroom

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  

The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014 when a court struck down Utah’s marriage bans as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s order is not a ruling on the merits of the injunction.  Instead, the stay stops that injunction from going into effect until it is reviewed on the merits by the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Joshua Block, a staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, issued the following statement:

"We are deeply disappointed by the decision to grant a stay pending appeal, but despite this setback, we are confident that when the appellate process is completed we will prevail and these lawfully married same-sex couples will once again be given the same legal protections as ever other legally married Utah couple."

More information about this case can be found at http://www.acluutah.org/legal-work/current-cases/item/618-evans-vs-state-of-utah