December 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Same-sex weddings in Utah will continue for the immediate future, after a federal appeals court refused to stop gay marriage in the Mormon church's home state.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling late Tuesday marks yet another legal setback for the state. Utah lawyers have repeatedly struck out in their bid to block gay marriage, getting rejected on four occasions in recent days.
Utah's last chance to temporarily stop the marriages would be a long-shot request before U.S. Supreme Court. Spokesman Ryan Bruckman says that's what the state attorney general's office is prepared to do. Gov. Gary Herbert's office declined to comment on the decision.
The state had wanted a hold on same-sex marriages while it appeals a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay weddings.
Nearly 700 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses since Friday.
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