Friday, the ban on gay marriage in the state of Utah was lifted by a federal judge and dozens of gay couples rushed to get married in Salt Lake City. 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; they hope this will take effect on Monday and no additional same-sex couples will be married, according to ABC News and the Associated Press.
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 the state of Utah failed to show how same-sex marriage would affect what is considered normal marriages.
To read about some of the same-sex couples that were married on Friday in Utah, click here.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert responded with:
"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.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has been one of the strongest supporters of Prop 8 in California and they have continued to stand their ground on what they believe about same-sex marriage. In response to the lift on same-sex marriage in the state of Utah, the LDS Church 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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