A Sreme Court order has put same sex marriages on hold in Utah Jan. 6 according to various new sources.
Responding to the ruling by U.S. District court judge Robert J. Shelby that allowed gay marriages, the state of Utah requested an emergency appeal of the Dec. 20 ruling, according to the Deseret News.
According to the court order issued Jan. 6, 2014, “the application for stay presented to Justice Sotomayor and by her referred to the Court is granted. The permanent injunction issued by the United States District Court for the District of Utah, case No. 2:13-cv-217, on December 20, 2013, is stayed pending final disposition of the appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.”
The ruling puts a stay, or a hold, on gay marriage in Utah until the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision on the appeal, according to Deseret News.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the decision means that Utah is no longer allowed to issue marriage license, but it is not clear how this will effect currently married coles.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said in an official statement that he felt the Sreme Court’s decision was the right one.
“As I have said all along, all Utahns deserve to have this issue resolved through a fair and complete judicial process. I firmly believe this is a state-rights issue and I will work to defend the position of the people of Utah and our State Constitution.” Herbert said.
Omar Sharif Jr. of GLAAD, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, according to USA Today said that he strongly disagreed with the decision and felt it was a disappointment to many same-sex coles waiting for marriage, as well as those already married.
“The court is putting families at risk and taking a big step backward in ensuring full equality for all Americans.” Sharif said.
The order will remain in effect until the Denver-based Tenth Circuit court of appeals makes a decision on Shelby’s ruling according to the Deseret News.