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More than 1,500 gay marriage supporters rally in Salt Lake City to celebrate ruling

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Tom Smart, The Deseret News (AP)About 1,500 people gather to celebrate marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/,

Tom Smart, The Deseret News (AP)
About 1,500 people gather to celebrate marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — About 1,500 same-sex-marriage supporters rallied in Salt Lake City to hail a judge’s decision paving the way for gay weddings in Utah.

The crowd massed at the Salt Lake City-County Building Monday night, reported The Deseret News. The celebration came days after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Earlier Monday, Shelby rejected the state’s request to halt the marriages pending its appeal of his Friday ruling. Utah officials then asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to temporarily stop the practice.

People at the rally sang along to a band, held signs saying “Love equals love” and waved rainbow flags. The newspaper reports one couple got married on the building steps.

Nearly 700 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses since Friday.

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