Utah Supreme Court lifts hold on adoptions by same-sex couples

The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court. LGBTQ Nation

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples.

The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.

The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.

The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed that decision to stand, effectively legalizing same-sex unions in Utah and 10 other states.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Thursday’s decision to lift the hold comes in the cases of four adoptions sought by wedded same-sex couples, and will presumably allow those adoptions and others to proceed.

Equality Utah Director Troy Williams tells the paper that same-sex families all over the state are celebrating.

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