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U.S. Supreme Court grants stay, same-sex marriage on hold in Utah

Monday, January 6, 2014

Updated: 12:15 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.

The court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the state.

The order grants an emergency appeal by the state following the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights.

More than 900 gay and lesbian couples have married since then.

The high court order will remain in effect until the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to uphold Shelby’s ruling.

The state’s request to the Supreme Court was filed with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from Utah and the five other states in the 10th Circuit. Sotomayor turned the matter over to the entire court.

The action now shifts to Denver, where the appeals court w ill consider arguments from the state against same-sex marriage as well as from the three gay and lesbian couples who challenged the ban in support of Shelby’s ruling. Shelby and the appeals court had previously rebuffed the state’s plea to stop gay weddings pending appeal.

The 10th Circuit has set short deadlines for both sides to file their written arguments, with the state’s first brief due on January 27. No date for argument has been set yet.

James Magleby, a lawyer for couples who sued to overturn the ban, said that while the halt to same-sex marriages is temporary – assuming the appeals court does not reverse Shelby’s ruling – it is disappointing because it leaves Utah families waiting to marry until the appeal is over.

“Every day that goes by, same-sex couples and their children are being harmed by not being able to marry and be treated equally,” Magleby said in a statement that also proclaimed confidence in his side’s case before the appellate judge s.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert initially declined comment, but was expected to issue a statement later Monday. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes scheduled a midday news conference.

Utah changed its constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage in 2004.

Nearly two-thirds of Utah’s 2.8 million residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Mormons dominate the state’s legal and political circles. The Mormon church was one of the leading forces behind California’s short-lived ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.

Though the church has softened its stance toward gays and lesbians in recent years, it still teaches that homosexual activity is a sin and stands by its support for “traditional marriage.” Church officials say they hope a higher court validates its belief that marriage is between a man and woman.

The Supreme Court’s unsigned order did not indicate that anyone dissented from the decision not to allow any more same-sex marriages in Utah, at least for now. Nor did the order reveal anything about the justices’ views on same-sex marriage.

Shelby was the first federal judge to overturn a state marriage ban since the high court issued two decisions on same-sex marriage in June.

The justices at that time struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married gay and lesbian couples from receiving a range of tax, health, pension and other federal benefits.

Shelby cited the decision in his ruling that the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way.

“In the absence of such evidence, the State’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State’s refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens,” Shelby wrote.

On the same day, the court left in place a trial court’s decision that struck down California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That decision paved the way for same-sex unions to resume in California.

The nation’s most populous state is among 17 states and the District of Columbia that allow, or soon will allow, gay and lesbian couples to wed.

The others are: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state.

Utah had been the 18th, for 17 days.

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242 more reader comments:

  1. Unlike!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:45pm
  2. Disgusting

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:45pm
  3. And here we go again. Fear wins out over love.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:45pm
  4. Whaaaaat?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  5. Absolutely DISGRACEFUL!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  6. jack asses

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  7. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  8. Pathetic!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  9. Justice Sotomayor should be ashamed of herself.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  10. It wasn't Sonia Sotomayor's decision. She asked the rest of the court to weigh in. It's unfortunate that they granted the stay, though. And yes, this is not final, but I don't like the way this is going.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:29pm
  11. Stupid

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  12. What!!! Come on Utah I was liking your state a whole lot better!! Pass it!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  13. Dammitalltohell !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  14. Maybe this time the court will take it up and legalize it across the US.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  15. Exactly...this action could be good news.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  16. That's the only thing I'm hoping for, that we have to take one step back to make huge steps forward...

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  17. unlikely

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  18. Could be the big move to finish up with this crazy legal right for some and none for others

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:57pm
  19. It's not going to happen yet. The Court has said that they believe the States should determine it rather than a sweeping ruling. The Court would do a sweeping ruling, but not with less than 20 states. They probably wouldn't do it until at least a majority of the states have it.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:08pm
  20. I think they should legalize it for all states. Some states (especially those here in the South) won't legalize it for religious reasons though they'll cover it up with some legal excuse.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:34pm
  21. That would be the easiest thing to do! I saw the article about the man who went on a hunger strike to end same-sex marriage. I nearly broke my computer.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:05pm
  22. Wtf

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  23. WHY?!??! Supreme Court or any Government official shouldn’t have any say on TWO consenting adults wanting to MARRY! Mind your own god damn business!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  24. That is SO not okay!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  25. Hypocrites

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm
  26. ARE

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  27. YOU

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  28. SERIOUS

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  29. for shame USSC… for shame.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  30. Outrageous!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  31. Sad! That shows how fragile our victories over the past years are. We cannot grow complacent over them, but keep struggling.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  32. Yet again a segment of tax paying, law abiding, legal US citizens are not allowed the same civil rights as the rest of the population.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  33. Is this because of the reject starving himself?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  34. Well this totally sucks!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  35. Bullshit

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  36. No. No! This one was important! This is a turning point!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  37. Unconstitutional. What are you worried about Utah

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  38. Asshats.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  39. It’s time the US supreme rules and stops this crap and all states it’s legal

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  40. Thank you!

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:03pm
  41. uau .

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  42. Why are they putting this on hold??

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  43. boo dislike !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  44. Shameful! So much ignorance and hate!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  45. what a shame

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  46. Don’t panic this is just legal procedure as they hear arguments. Past precedent rulings by the Supreme Court have been in favor of marriage equality, and the Supreme Court loves precedent.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  47. It seems to be following the pattern established in California, and since we all know how that ended, I won't give up hope yet.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:53pm
  48. Two steps forward one step back!

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:15pm
  49. Whhhhhhat? Surprising.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  50. GAH NO WHAT NO

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  51. Who issued this stay? Was it Sotomayor?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  52. It wasn't Sotomayor's decision. She asked the rest of the court to weigh in. It's unfortunate that they granted the stay, though. And yes, this is not final, but I don't like the way this is going.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:34pm
  53. Then I demand that the 5 show me the irreparable harm that would be caused

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:38pm
  54. The Supreme Court and Utah need to take their heads out of their asses. All this because that idiot politician in Utah went in a hunger strike until same- sex marriage ended. He should had been left to starve.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  55. SCUMBAGS! I’m sorry, but there is no good reason for the court to block marriage because of some bigots.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  56. Let’s Go!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:49pm
  57. Cowards. I’m trying to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they did this to prevent the impending violence in Utah, but it’s difficult to do.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  58. so... giving in to terrorists essentially? The US likes to use that word right?

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:03pm
  59. So sad.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  60. Those f-ing a-holes… keep playing with peoples lives you dumb asses

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  61. U.S. Supreme Court is making me more pissed off

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  62. Mormon church Home base spent lots of money
    Supreme Court already ruled

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  63. I’m cruising my fingers and sending out good vibes… let’s hope this ends well.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  64. Well, id like to ask the Supreme Court what legal grounds based on what Constitutional amendment grants states the right to vote on the rights of a minority. Oh wait, there is an amendment that strictly PROHIBITS that. Id love to hear them defend their case. Their job is not to make ‘moral’ decisions, but to make them based on the Constitution!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  65. Ugh, it’s California all over again.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  66. I’ll meet everyone in Utah for a protest. Is it warmer than 2° there?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  67. Booooo Booooo US Supreme Court is CHICKEN!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  68. Could this be the one that topples it all?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  69. Arizona and utahq

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  70. WHAT THE FUCK?!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  71. am I reading something from John Grisham novels or is this just a big joke?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  72. Mormon “influence” at it’s best – or worst, whichever you want to phrase it.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:51pm
  73. Way to go for that stupid ass hunger strike dumbass why??? Imagine his child being gay and getting married in Utah what would he do

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:52pm
  74. Maybe gay people should finally go as apeshit as Faux News says they are. If you’re going to lose your civil liberties, there’s no point in not having fun. I can read the headlines now…

    …”Utah governor bludgeoned to death by errant f#gs riding unicorns wielding magickal faerie dust wands.”

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:52pm
  75. Such a shame

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:52pm
  76. Mmmm…Mormon town……remember is acceptable to have polygamy and have many wife’s …but is not Kool to be gay ….so….let’s see what’s the next move

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:52pm
  77. Its a shame

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:53pm
  78. The US Supreme Court trumps state court…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  79. Don’t be down, our day will come .

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  80. WTF!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  81. Keep fighting the good fight. Love wins in the end.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  82. Maybe its because of the hunger strike, and the call from certain sheriffs for an uprising. So much trouble to keep people from having their civil rights.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:54pm
  83. Damn! I wanted to go there and get married to seven husbands!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:55pm
  84. lol

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm
  85. NOT funny

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:26pm
  86. Hilarious.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:56pm
  87. Dislike

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:55pm
  88. BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:55pm
  89. Yeah, now they have a big trouble over the granted license instead.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:56pm
  90. Go easy with the derogatory comments, people! Like someone else stated above, this is a legal, procedural move, not a decision. Generally, the SCOTUS decisions have been going our way. Delays aren’t fun, but our time is coming — soon, I think!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:56pm
  91. We live in utah and this is heartbreaking to is

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:57pm
  92. I knew it was coming.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:57pm
  93. Sigh, really?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:57pm
  94. The bigots in Utah should be ashamed!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm
  95. Wow. Just wow. :(

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm
  96. SAD!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm
  97. Pathetic

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm
  98. Ugh

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:59pm
  99. We don’t stop homophobic ass wholes from being that way
    Why can’t you give the same respect!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:59pm
  100. That figures. Disappointed here in TN!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:59pm
  101. Now the asshole that’s starving can eat lol!!! Utah sucks

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:00pm
  102. Is he not dead yet lol

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:00pm
  103. This doesn’t mean the case will go there necessarily.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:00pm
  104. I can’t believe we are still doing this. It’s 2014 for God’s sake!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:01pm
  105. I’m more disappointed that starving guy didn’t die than anything.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:01pm
  106. Lets all starve ourselves now so we can continue to have the right to marry. Fucken jack asses.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:01pm
  107. Not good. Why ard our rights subject to reactionary justices and religious reprobates? I think it’s time to stop being nice about all of this and start some serious beatdowns.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  108. Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  109. COMON! So what is it more okay to mary Nd fuck underaged women who are probably related to these old fucks and to have multiple wives but its not okay for the LGBT community to live happily!? Its just funny cause bisexual people get marries all the time like me and my husband i dont see anyone giving grief over thay because its a man and a woman . Fuck off you bigot idiot mormons

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  110. your supreme court is horrible…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  111. So sad! Couldn’t we focus our time, energy and money on something else instead of attacking love?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:02pm
  112. Unreal… no its not.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:03pm
  113. Shame.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:05pm
  114. RELAX!!!!!!! This is not terrible…. it is a procedural move while reviewing the case. Things have been going our way. Keep the faith…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:05pm
  115. This just makes me sick…just sick and at a major loss for words.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:06pm
  116. What?!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:06pm
  117. Shit heads!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:06pm
  118. So very sad!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:08pm
  119. Lame.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:09pm
  120. We all need to come together and do something -now-

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:10pm
  121. Sotomayor and Thomas can now break bread and drink wine together!
    What a disgusting decision. But it’s just another bump on the road to equality for all as written into the United States Constitution.
    What a shame we have these fools making such wrong decisions!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  122. yes that would be the upside of this halt to equal rights in Utah

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  123. bugger!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  124. Again?!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  125. Love will win in the end. We have come a looong way and soon the entire country will be equal. Here is to an equal 2014 so that we can all pursue our happiness :-)

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  126. This is absurd.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm
  127. In a way its a good move it will prevent anyone from doing this once and for all in the future and make an example of anyone who opposes gay marriage again its just legal political drama

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:16pm
  128. I can believe it its a conservative court

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:16pm
  129. Here’s how SCOTUSblog interpreted the consequences of today’s Supreme Court ruling for the Utah marriage equality case going forward:

    “The order appeared to have the support of the full Court, since there were no noted dissents. The ruling can be interpreted as an indication that the Court wants to have further exploration in lower courts of the basic constitutional question of state power to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Had it refused the state’s request for delay, that would have at least left the impression that the Court was comfortable allowing same-sex marriages to go forward in the 33 states where they are still banned.”

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:16pm
  130. Puts a hold on same sex marriage, but totally agrees with polygamy!!! That’s about intelligent!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:18pm
  131. *Groans* WHATS THE HOLD UP?!?!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:18pm
  132. Ok so it’s ok for certain people to do whatever or say whatever they what but its not ok for gay people to get married or to have equal rights that is not fair I mean come on it 2014 and some people still don’t see the problems in this country and the LGBTQ people are not the problem and I will continue too fight for them .To be who they are because they deserve those rights just like everyone else

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:19pm
  133. separation of church and state……. Mormon church should get over it already !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:21pm
  134. this article is crap, i mean look at it, why is there religion in it? i’m just saying that churches are supporting state to make laws! but then they want seperation of state and church, hypocrites!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:21pm
  135. It’s sad that we still live in a country that is denying a living, breathing, tax-paying, working & loving human the basic right to spend the rest of their lives with another consenting adult.
    Not too long ago, it would have been illegal by law & socially for me to be dating someone whose skin is darker than mine.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:22pm
  136. @Saradawn
    The churches support the state to have a legal tax evasion.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:23pm
  137. Wow what a shocker. That’s sarcasm folks.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:24pm
  138. MONEY TALKS… Let’s see if it speaks so loud that Constitutional Rights of Equal Protection Under the Law gets Ignored once again…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:25pm
  139. One step forward, then 3 steps back. What a shame.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:26pm
  140. Homeless people spread out on streets of California kids all across the United States being beat,bullied and some without food. Military personal fighting and dying for freedom of all (Americans) Diseases without a cure killing people everyday, women being raped or beatin every so many minutes. Religious people becoming irrogant and self centered while preachers are being caught molesting children yet they still have a right to judge. Musicians and actors cheating on their spouses, doing drugs, cheating the system and paying their way out of jail. Not to mention sooooooo much more people are just blind to anymore not to mention how out of hand bullying has got but hey kids learn what they witness so let these people continue to bully gays cuz their such a great influence. Wth is this world coming to when its all about gays??? Maybe we dont do enough harm to be treated equal. Wake up and stop the ignorance.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:26pm
  141. We stand with you Utah.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:29pm
  142. Wtf? Well, the U.S if filled with flawed laws and people. Go figure!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:29pm
  143. not good

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:29pm
  144. Once again the US Supreme Court is on the wrong side of justice like when the republican appointed Sandra Day O’connor was the deciding vote to stop the recount that would have put Al Gore in the White house.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:31pm
  145. how can they do that????  they just oked it !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:35pm
  146. What?! Why? Just cause some guy went on a diet?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:38pm
  147. But Polygamy is the best way for them and they merry their own kids to old men .That’s the law they know.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:38pm
  148. Isn’t this the same state that houses a bigamist who has a wife for every day of the week & marrys off 13 year old girls? But gays can’t get married?! Wtf is wrong with society?! Smh

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:41pm
  149. wow

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:47pm
  150. I just see this a legal maneuvering to setup a more ironclad smack down of ALL SSM bans. With 900 SS weddings already performed, the state’s case for showing what harm they do grows weaker every day.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:48pm
  151. Idiots….

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:51pm
  152. Not right!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:55pm
  153. And…why?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:55pm
  154. Let the moron starve

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:58pm
  155. LOSERS!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  156. How sad.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  157. This could turn out to work in the favor of those that seem to be discriminated against. If the 10th circuit rules that the federal judge was correct in his ruling then it isn’t the 18 states were same sex is legal that will be effected, but rather, the entire country (or at least those states in the 10th circuit) were same sex marriage is not legal. This could be the ultimate game changer. I find it odd that all the justices ruled the same way, even the ‘liberal’ ones. If they felt that this would not have the opportunity to go in favor of equality as they see it, then I don’t feel they would have voted this way. We shall see. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of us fighting for equality.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  158. Interesting analysis, Shawn. Well said :)

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:20pm
  159. that might be, but I will never trust these bastards. The constitution has never said we allow rights for everyone EXCEPT... The constitution says it is a guarantee of CREATOR given rights, rights that are inalienable which means even the creator him/her/they,itself cannot remove.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:34pm
  160. fuckers.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  161. The US Supreme Court needs to rule for true equality – stop the state decisions and this nonsense.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  162. Very sad…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  163. This coming from a religion that just a few years ago allowed the males in the church to have multiple wives

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  164. I'm not their biggest fan, but it has been way more than a few years ago. More like a hundred. Let's keep things factual and let precedents and justice do its job.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:35pm
  165. That sucks… you approve & than take it away… what a Mormon state….religion has no right to interfere with peoples happiness…we answer to God..not your idiotic ideas…get a grip! I think a lawsuit should be filed for taking the freedom to marry away…what a joke

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:59pm
  166. weakasfuck

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
  167. I hope Shawn is right

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
  168. Sad very sad. But just the beginning of a honorable fight to see that all are equal

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
  169. The Supreme Court best not stop us!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
  170. This is total crap!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:01pm
  171. this should get people angry not sad what a bunch of morons

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:01pm
  172. Why? #assholes

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:01pm
  173. The Supreme court decision will decide the fate of gay marriage for the nation, let wisdom and equality prevail.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:01pm
  174. Doesn’t come at all as a surprise considering Utah is the Mormon capital. Why don’t you all worry about your own lives and let people live theirs. If you’re religious and believe same-sex couples shouldn’t marry, then say what you need and let it go! It’s not your life!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:02pm
  175. Waste of our tax dollars! I’m so pissed about this

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:02pm
  176. its time that people will go and get things done i hope that the names of assholes who ruled this way will come out and then they will be in a huge big shit

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:05pm
  177. Just a temporary lapse in judgement..don’t worry,,the gays will have complete and utter basic human rights in all the states soon enough.and that’s all folks :)

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:02pm
  178. And if the 10th Circuit Court says no, then Utah will be in the same bizarre place CA was when there were thousands of legally married same sex couples, creating three classes of citizens in re/marriage.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:02pm
  179. This is surprising to me since all other things have been leaving it up to the states … I thought they would deny it.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:03pm
  180. It’s a procedural step and a temporary stay until at which time the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals can uphold the lower ruling. There IS a Liberal side to the court. They would’ve never voted in favor of a stay, even temporary, had there not been reason to do so. That reason is purely procedural.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:03pm
  181. Utah..Boohoo because their religion is more made up garbage than Christianity from a certified thief…Fucking mormons. “Uhh, hey guys. I went over that hill and found this from god, so, yeah, follow me and give me money.” Brainless!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:03pm
  182. All marriages should be put on hold not just same-sex.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:04pm
  183. wow!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:04pm
  184. I wish those religious butfucks would fucking leave our country, maybe go to Russia or something. This is why I hate religion and churches. This pisses me off, they have no right to tell me I can or can’t get married.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:04pm
  185. I support gay marriage in Utah and equal rights for everyone.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:05pm
  186. We will prevail.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:05pm
  187. Is this the state that allows polygamy??? Figures! Idiots!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:07pm
  188. no state allows polygamy. The Mormons used to practice it but had to give it up for Utah to be admitted to the United States.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:17pm
  189. It’s like some kinda f#kt up dance..one step forward & 3 steps back in time..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:08pm
  190. I wish someone would have put my marriage on hold.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:09pm
  191. Total Equality will prevail!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:11pm
  192. The term liberal confuses the fuck outta me. I looked up the definition but the definition does not match why people use it in an attempt to insult others.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:12pm
  193. Great. Let’s put fear mongering ahead of civil rights.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:13pm
  194. Chances are that the 1000 people that got married will still fight it and win due to their specific rights little does the state know they can be sued

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:15pm
  195. It should be okay, the Supreme Court seems to be gay friendly, right?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:15pm
  196. fuck utah

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:15pm
  197. I say just burn the temples! No one even likes the mormans!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:17pm
  198. Snap the cross in half completely

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:23pm
  199. I am saddened by this on one hand, but if marriage equality is to mean anything it must stand the test of law.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:19pm
  200. Fuck ‘em! Come to Hawai’i!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:19pm
  201. Appox a thousand gay marriage licenses have already been issued…We’ve seen this type of scenario before with Prop 8. Not exactly but close.

    Its because of magic underwear wearing sexually oppressed Mormons and deviant Evangelical breeder mentality….

    The Supreme’s are gonna rule in favor of gays boys.
    Read Scalia’s dissent on the Windsor case

    “The opinion never explains.
    My guess is that the majority, while reluctant to suggest
    that defining the meaning of “marriage” in federal statutes is unsupported by any of the Federal Government’s enumerated powers, nonetheless needs some rhetorical
    basis to support its pretense that today’s prohibition of laws excluding same-sex marriage is confined to the Federal Government (leaving the second, state-law shoe to be
    dropped later, maybe next Term). But I am only guessing.”

    I’m guessing he’s right

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:19pm
  202. They are heavily contradicting themselves! The issue was already brought up in Prop 8 where they said it’s the states decision on whether or not to allow same-sex marriage. That’s why they refused to make a decision on it.
    This is a damn shame. Fear is winning over love, ane I really want to be shown what kind of harm will be donw by allowing gay and lesbians to get married.
    In the 17 days they preformed the marriages, did God come down and damn all of Utah to hell? NOPE.
    In tge 17 days they preformed the unions, did God send Jesus down to Utah for him to punish them? NOPE
    They are acting out of fear.
    The best we can hope for is the next appeals court finds that it violates the equal protection clause also.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:22pm
  203. This is just wrong. In 1990 I spent 2 months in Ogden, Utah I met the first openly gay and lesbian men and women I had ever seen. At first I was scared, misinformed and ignorant. However, those men and women were kind, considerate an patient with me. The experience was wonderful and forever changed my opinion. To not let people marry who they love is a tragedy. It’s 2014 how are we not educated enough?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:22pm
  204. This is a legal procedural move by the Supreme Court, in my opinion. Let’s wait and see where this goes. I do believe the ban on same-sex marriages will be struck down in all States!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:25pm
  205. not liking the ruling but the reporting of the ruling

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:30pm
  206. The Supreme Court just needs to bite the bullet and rule same-sex marriage legal throughout the land. AGREED?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:32pm
  207. Damn!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:34pm
  208. If they can legalize recreational marijuana in Denver, maybe they’ll be in a good mood and make the right ruling :-) They’ll be all relaxed from their thc candies they’re sucking on and say, hey, can’t we all just get along? :-) peace, man!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:34pm
  209. OH those ASSholes !!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:35pm
  210. Who cares who marries who? In your state, a man can marry as many wife’s as they want, yet these people want to simply marry one person and that is wrong.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:39pm
  211. Frustrating………… but Justice Sotomayer has referred the stay to the whole court and not just to herself. We need to remember the positive…this could lead to a sweeping SCOTUS ruling that human beings can marry each other in all 50 states! Keep your chins up!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:42pm
  212. Why?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:46pm
  213. Light will always conquer darkness

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:52pm
  214. Boo!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:58pm
  215. Yes, this may have good results. The Supreme Court may legalize it across the US and it will become the norm.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:59pm
  216. why would they do that love is love get over it poeple

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:08pm
  217. this is bull shyt.. wheres our freedom ..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:10pm
  218. I doubt the supreme court will legalize ssm in all states,I believe we need to win at least half or a little more than half for the sweeping decision to be make,like every other case it happened before.Utah will probably be the 18 again in some time,I hope it doesn`t take much for it.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:13pm
  219. come on Utah!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:15pm
  220. Mormons are a scary lot! They think that they can push every body else around. Personally, I don’t give rat ass if the entire state of Utah is Mormon citizens, this is the United States and our Constitutions separates religion from our government :) The Mormon’s can suck it!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:24pm
  221. BOOOOOOOO. don’t back pedal now make a national ruling ASAP.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:31pm
  222. Awwww so much for the separation of church and state

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:43pm
  223. We’re playthings for the state

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:52pm
  224. Fail.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:53pm
  225. This may be the state/case which overturns all marriage bans. Time for patience. It took California from 2008 till 2013 to overturn Prop 8. Good luck, Utah.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:54pm
  226. Disappointing, for now.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:08pm
  227. That’s right Richard Savedra. At some point they have to say enough and stop waiting so much time, resources, and $$$ on the inevitable. Equality will prevail!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:10pm
  228. Who’s do these people in utah think they r .isn’t that were polygamy is? They have their balls to say anything about a loving gay couple but I guess a man having say 3 or 4wives is alright.no thankyou I would rather be in a relationship with a lesbian that loved only me than to fight for sloppy thirds or fourths from a man that not only do I have to support but his other bitches to im sorry but sister wives I would beat their ass then his and leave.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:12pm
  229. They take 10 wives and close relatives for wives and marry children and there complaining

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:32pm
  230. amen terry lol

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:32pm
  231. Why am I not surprised!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:49pm
  232. Wonder how the Supreme Court members would like having their own marriages being put on ‘hold’??

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:54pm
  233. They will probably allow this guy with the four wives to marry another one and that not right because gay people should have the right to get married in every state

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:09pm
  234. When they rule on this the shit will hit the fan in Utah. Oh goodie…..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:27pm
  235. Gays unite and protest the bigots and homophobes they have too much power in government time for regime change !

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:34pm
  236. Not right

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:54pm
  237. I think its a sad statement for a nation that is supposed to uphold freedom and civil rights that anyone should have to go to any court just to get a civil marriage certificate . shame on religion for trying to impose their beliefs on free citizens of this Nation.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:00pm
  238. Horrendous step backward in HISTORY!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:52pm
  239. You can see that GOP appointee Justice Sotomayor who over sees religion has sided with religion instead of the rights of the American citizens. What a shocker.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:58pm
  240. gay

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:11pm
  241. WTF?!?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:53pm