SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Attorney General’s Office has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state while it appeals the ruling of a federal District Court that struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
The application seeks a stay on the Dec. 20 ruling made by federal district Judge Robert Shelby who declared Utah’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office appealed to Judge Shelby and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the ruling, but was subsequently denied each time.
Now the state has filed a motion to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, directing its application to Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor specifically, as she oversees the Tenth Circuit Court.
If Sotomayor declines a stay, the Utah Attorney General’s Office can apply for a stay to the Supreme Court as a whole.
Since Shelby’s ruling, over 700 same-sex marriages occurred in the state.
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