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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.

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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  1. so so so very awesome for all of you , Congrats

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:33pm
  2. Awwweee That Was So Cute!! So Glad To Hear The News~!!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:33pm
  3. Now maybe my mom and her wife can be official!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:35pm
  4. you made my heart soar!!! What a great response.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:23am
  5. Good luck to them. Best wishes

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:28am
  6. Wish them all the best from me!!!

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:04pm
  7. In utah!? Hell mustv’e froze over…

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:36pm
  8. >..> Stop being a homophobic cunt.

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:41pm
  9. Oh jesus, i am the farthest thing from homophobic....this wasn't even anti-gay post!!! for god's sake. It's utah mormon capital of the U.S just thought it was a miracle for utah to do this before any other state....chill the fuck out!

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:42pm
  10. Jamie Mims as long as people are happy that's all that fucking matter's your just jealous cause your probably not happy in your relationship.

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:43pm
  11. Seriously...read my post people!! Has nothing against Gay marriage check out my profile, I am probably the biggest activist in my state for equality! stop ASSUMING shit.

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:44pm
  12. i thought you're trying to hate. I am sorry.

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:44pm
  13. I probably could have worded it differently, my bad on that, but I am not a cunt nor am i unhappy in my relationship :)

    Replied on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:45pm
  14. Jaime's too cute to be mean! *wink* :)

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:14am
  15. Get a GRIP people, Jaime wasn't being homophobic...lighten the hell up!

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:41am
  16. Honestly, I thought they were trolling for a minute....I mean who could misinterpret that comment. lol

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:09am
  17. I am awwing so hard dude Gwynne Skyes

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:38pm
  18. <3

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:39pm
  19. UUuummmmm

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:39pm
  20. Gee, the world didn’t end either—go figure right wingers.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:40pm
  21. Muy bonito!!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:42pm
  22. Two complete LGBT strangers who I dont know and have never met are getting married ?

    Oh now my stragiht marriage is completely worthless !

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:43pm
  23. Cheers! Utah!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:43pm
  24. I wonder when the taxpayers in UT will demand their Republican governor stop wasting their hard earned tax dollars on his senseless appeals?!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:48pm
  25. Utah is fighting hard to appeal the process. I pray they will deny their request. They've been denied already but they'll keep trying

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:16am
  26. Dear Utah: Karma is a bitch, ain’t it?.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:49pm
  27. And not one straight marriage was harmed as a result. Amazing how equality actually works!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:50pm
  28. very good.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:51pm
  29. Congratulations to all the lucky couples! :D

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:51pm
  30. How ironic. Lol the Mormons have spent 100s of millions in other states to stop gay marriage to end up in their home state losing. Serves them right.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:52pm
  31. yes money that could have been spent on much more worthwhile causes like child hunger, homelessness and so many others! Haters give yourselves a shake and do something truly Godly for a change!

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:37am
  32. Evolution before our eyes. There may be hope for us as a species yet~

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:55pm
  33. Great news and I hope that more gay people get married because they deserve to be

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:00pm
  34. AWESOME

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:00pm
  35. <3 Love wins again! =)

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:04pm
  36. Happy for them but for some reason they look like twin brothers or at least a lot alike I think so anyway.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:08pm
  37. Evolution before our eyes??? Darwin would say something about that. LOL

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:08pm
  38. IQ .03

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:45am
  39. I’m looking forward to the day this isn’t news, but I’m going to miss the wonderful photo montages.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/biggest-consequences-gay-marriage-being-legalized

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:09pm
  40. Awwww <3

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:13pm
  41. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:16pm
  42. Congratulations ya’ll.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:18pm
  43. RIGHT ON!!!!! :-D

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:20pm
  44. Awesome! Let’s make it a thousand!!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:29pm
  45. yay!

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:35pm
  46. Ok I’m gaging now.

    Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:52pm
  47. then y the fuck are you on this page? seriously. just to be a hating homophobic asshat? go back to your justin beeber & miley cyrus pages & leave decent people the fuck alone

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:32am
  48. What are you gagging ON, Rod Wheaton? (The word has two g’s, Rod)

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:03am
  49. wow

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:09am
  50. Dam there where that many gay couples hidding in a Utah,

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:17am
  51. Zach Breen

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:18am
  52. HELL YEAH

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:18am
  53. Yes !

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:21am
  54. about time!! hope it sweeps the nation!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:23am
  55. Equality NOW!!! USA!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:32am
  56. Such a horrible sin!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:40am
  57. what's the sin? I am atheist but I think if god did exits, he/she/it would love EVERYONE equally. You religious people make me sick using the bible to "try" to defend what you believe & attack what you don't.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:34am
  58. Do we as a country deny marriage to people who eat pork, isn't that another "sin" according to some?

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:02am
  59. Congratulations, love and peace to all f you!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:42am
  60. Way to go Utah!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:20am
  61. I feel sorry for the gay people that live in Utah -___-

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:21am
  62. Simply great!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:34am
  63. YAY MARTINI’S!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:53am
  64. wooohoooo The power of love 1- bitterness 0… Take that!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:57am
  65. Hell with cult Morons.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:58am
  66. Mormons, whether straight or gay, DO believe in marriage.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:07am
  67. Congrats and Mazel Tov!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:13am
  68. This is overwhelmingly wonderful from afar. As an ex-Mormon, ex-missionarry, former member of bishoprics and high councils, I hope those celebrating are not feeling the heat/hate from the right that I would expect them to feel.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:23am
  69. Go go go

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:26am
  70. Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:38am
  71. THATS GREAT.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:40am
  72. felicidades

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:47am
  73. As amazing as this is for gay couples to finally get married. Has any of those couples thought out about how hard it will be to get a divorce. If it is even possible. Don’t get me wrong, everyone deserve equality. But 900 marriage licenses issued just after a week ? People need to chill out and slow down. And take sometime to think about what they’re doing first.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:49am
  74. why are you pissing on their parade? don't worry about it. why do you "assume" they are gonna divorce? Why should they slow down? Who knows how long they been waiting for their chance?

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:31am
  75. I'm not trying to piss on peoples parades. I'm just living in reality. I'm sure some of those marriages are from people who've been waiting a long time to get married, which is great. But I'm also sure that some of them are from people who got married because they're scared that they might not have that option no more. We're fighting so hard for marriage that we forgot about how hard getting a divorce is. And the fact that same sex marriage isn't even legal in all states, makes getting a divorce even harder if not impossible. I'm not trying to ruin peoples fun, but I also don't wanna see people rushing into something that they might not fully understand, or understand how it will effect their life.

    Replied on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:06pm
  76. I’m surprised Utah did it so soon. I keep saying that Idaho will probably be the 51st state. By the time our politicians get around to it we will have two or three more states

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:54am
  77. Congrats to 1800 very happy people.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:06am
  78. You go guy.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:33am
  79. Any day now, Patrick Gallagher could come forward and denounce his mother Maggot as a bigot

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:52am
  80. Gio Bbk Figgaz Jay Wavy Davian Cordero

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:54am
  81. Looks like that dude is kissing a mirror!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:17am
  82. nice..

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:08am
  83. where did they all come from?!?!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:10am
  84. Ay q pescar Atodos esos maracos y aogarlos

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:32am
  85. Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:32am
  86. Congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:00am
  87. And many mooorrree…. :)

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 9:23am
  88. about time!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:57pm
  89. I won’t back fag’s or queers

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:21pm
  90. Congratulations. The way to go.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:40pm
  91. When I heard our Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i affirmed the involvement of same-sex marriage, I totally thought I was dreaming. I’ve already been to two weddings so far, and there’s practically many more to attend. ;)

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:03pm
  92. Someone else take care of this Butch Rada. I’ve already said my share.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:31pm
  93. Good for you all! Many congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:41pm
  94. Fuck yeah!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:48pm
  95. GO UTAH!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:31pm
  96. Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:14pm
  97. Congratulations! In a hundred years people are going to look back and say….can you believe that Gay people were not allowed to marry?

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:24pm
  98. Bravo for the Utah judge. Justice and equality and pursuit of happiness for all. Civil rights issue in my mind.

    Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:42pm