A Thousand Marriages in Utah Are Now in Question

Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex marriages in the state.

Vin Testa from Washington, waves the rainbow flag in support of gay marriage in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2013. (National Journal)

The Supreme Court has issued a temporary hold on same-sex marriages in Utah. Marriage licenses to couples will be on hold as well. The state had been issuing licenses since federal judge Robert Shelby declared the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in a Dec. 20 decision. The status of some 1,000 same sex marriages that have occurred since the ruling remains unclear.

After Dec. 20, traditional-marriage advocates sent Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor a plea asking for a hold. But as The Washington Post explains, "The question of whether states may ban same-sex marriage is not before the Court in Utah's request for a stay; the case concerns only whether the marriages should be stopped while the case is further litigated."

According to SCOTUSblog, "The Court's order will keep the state ban intact until after a federal appeals court has ruled on it."