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More than 900 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah

Friday, December 27, 2013

Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)
Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

Salt Lake City — More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples in Utah in the week after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban.

Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties are issuing the bulk of licenses, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Weber County Clerk Ricky Hall says his office was doling out marriage licenses at 18 times the usual rate earlier this week.

The newspaper broke down the numbers by county. Summit County, home of liberal-leaning Park City, has issued 27 licenses to gay couples.

The state plans to take its fight to temporarily stop gay marriages to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday while it prepares an appeal of a Utah judge’s ruling to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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