[guest post by Dana]
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court order released today, Utah officials – at least for now – are not compelled to officially recognize nearly 1,300 same-sex marriages performed earlier this year.
From SCOTUS blog:
In a two-sentence order, without noted dissent, the Justices put on hold a federal judge’s ruling in May requiring the state to validate those marriages.
This marked the second time the Justices have stepped in to put on hold a federal court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages in Utah. The delay ordered Friday will be in effect until the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the state’s claim that those marriages did not have full legal status when performed. The state’s lawyers have called them “interim marriages.”
While a minor victory for opponents of SSM, proponents believe they will ultimately be victorious:
“We are deeply disappointed by the decision to grant a stay pending appeal, but despite this setback, we are confident that when the appellate process is completed we will prevail and these lawfully married same-sex couples will once again be given the same legal protections as ever (sic) other legally married Utah couple,” said Joshua Block, a staff attorney with the ACLU, which is representing couples who sued the state for immediate recognition of their marriages.