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Gay couples get married in Salt Lake City, Utah after federal judge lifts ban

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Friday, Elisa Noel and her partner were married at the Salt Lake City county clerk’s office; after a federal judge overturned the ban on gay marriage in the state of Utah. Gay couples around the state quickly rushed to get married after the ban was lifted, according to ABC News and the Associated Press.

This week, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby declared that the state’s ban (which was approved by voters) on gay marriage is unconstitutional. He said that Utah failed to show how same-sex marriage would affect what is considered normal marriages. Citizens of fifteen other states have approved gay-marriage through voter approved sanctions. Previously, Utah voters said that it should not be approved in the state of Utah, but the judges' ruling has overturned that.

Friday, after the ceremony Elisa Noel said:

"I can't believe this is Utah."

Immediately after the ruling, Governor Gary Herbert said that the ruling goes against the will of the people in Utah. Herbert said:

"I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting attorney general to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”

Friday, dozens of couples waited in line to get married at the Salt Lake County Clerk's office.

Friday afternoon, the state of Utah filed an appeal to reject the ruling and requested an emergency stay that would stop the county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) released this statement Friday:

"We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court.”

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