Utah asks Supreme Court for stay in same-sex marriage recognition case

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Utah Attorney General’s Office has appealed a stay in a same-sex marriage recognition to the United States Supreme Court Wednesday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled 2-1 to deny the state's application for a stay in a same-sex marriage recognition case on July 11.

The court gave the state 10 days or until July 21 to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced back in June that the state would appeal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in the state.

Around 1,300 gay and lesbian couples were married in Utah between December 20, 2013 when Judge Robert Shelby overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage and January 6 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay, halting further marriages pending an appeal of the Kitchen vs. Herbert case in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball said in a written ruling handed down on May 19 that Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes cannot retroactively void those marriages.

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