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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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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45 more reader comments:

  1. Hell Yeah

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:25pm
  2. Go Good Luck,Thank You!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:26pm
  3. Hey I was there last night!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:27pm
  4. this is beautiful….something so unexpected makes it so special…. Thank you Utah! Merry Christmas to you!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:29pm
  5. Awesome sauce! ^_^

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:30pm
  6. I bet you lol Utah didn’t know it had so many supporters or Gays/Lesbains, etc off up in them mountains, hills and backwoods lol SURPRISE SURPRISE!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:32pm
  7. Utah is still a backward state with nothing fun to do

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:49pm
  8. I'm sure I've been there at least three times on Military duty

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:50pm
  9. the AIR quality in Utah is at its worst and yet they want to deny the love that two people shares???

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:40am
  10. Marry Christmas, Utah!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:32pm
  11. You go Utah!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:34pm
  12. Cool!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:34pm
  13. Great news I am happy

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:35pm
  14. That’s the spirit

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:38pm
  15. What a great present for Christmas for our LGBT brother and sisters !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:38pm
  16. LIVE, LOVE, BELIVE….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:49pm
  17. … That-SOUND-you hear is-JOY-and thee Mormon “Church” losing it’s-GRIP-behind that “Zion Curtain” of Utah!!! LOL!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:57pm
  18. I am shocked.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:59pm
  19. but in a good way

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:59pm
  20. I was thinking the same thing Jeffrey!!! But good for Utah for doing the right thing. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:06am
  21. acceptance for all

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:09am
  22. Love rules.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:12am
  23. Wish I could be there with you! Merry Christmas and congratulations!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:21am
  24. So so happy!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:28am
  25. God is smiling on Utah this Christmas.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:41am
  26. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:45am
  27. This is awesome.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:50am
  28. One of the ‘two steps forward’.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:51am
  29. This ruling is a Christmas present for gays and lesbians in Utah.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:53am
  30. When the Great Salt Lake is evaporated by brimstone we hope the smell stays west.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:59am
  31. Congratulations! So proud of you all!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:03am
  32. Moral decay.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:05am
  33. Hey everyone like my page support the LGBT

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:14am
  34. Let’s hope the 10th Circuit Court and the Supreme Court on appeal vote for the US Constitution, equality, love, and family rather than hatred, bigotry, bullying, and ignorance. Let’s also hope the taxpayers of UT tell their Republican governor and his attorney general to stop wasting their tax dollars on these senseless appeals! Finally let’s hope Lambda Legal sues to have the tax-exempt status of the Mormon Church and Catholic Church rescinded due to their political activities.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:48am
  35. There would have been more, but they were out celebrating their marriages…..Oh, the dispare that must be happening over at the Mormon Church HQ tonight. How could God allow this to happen? Watch….they’ll take Rush Limbaugh and move to Puerto Rico….LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:54am
  36. The Catholics will eat them for lunch in Puerto Rico

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:44am
  37. Clearly Dan you are part if the problem. Shot!? Are you serious. Gay people should be shot and shouldn’t adopt children straight people dont want hmmm okay. Love is love. If you don’t like gay people don’t be gay. You don’t see us calling for straight people to be shot! Go get educated and some respect for humans. I live in Ontario blessed to be able to marry whom ever I want and my heart aches for those who can’t but the tide is turning. So sink or swim we are floating on our rainbow colored rafts! Btw merry Christmas :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:35am
  38. Gay Christmas Utah

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:43am
  39. Wish I were there to join this historic moment. Your struggle is inspiring millions.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:57am
  40. Long live the gay revolution for full equal rights and justice united in the millions we can get what we need freedom for LBGT!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:37pm
  41. Marry Christmas Utah! May all your New Years dreams come true. Let freedom ring!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:00pm
  42. Marry Christmas!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:04pm
  43. ❤️

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:43pm
  44. florida too

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:33pm
  45. this is America: finally…WELCOME TO AMERICA, at least, WELCOME TO UTAH…Thank you, Utah…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:41pm