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Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 23, 2013 at 6:54 a.m. Updated December 23, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge said Monday that he will allow gay marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt same-sex weddings until the appeals process plays out.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby's decision came three days after he overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it is unconstitutional. Utah lawyers are expected to ask a higher court to put the process on hold.

The county clerk in Salt Lake City immediately began issuing licenses after Shelby's ruling Friday, and hundreds more gay couples were lined up Monday to get married.

The ruling has drawn attention given Utah's long-standing opposition to gay marriage and its position as headquarters for the Mormon church.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Fdworfe says... December 23, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to what’s been going on in Utah’s history of its marital institution complexities must be having trouble keeping a straight face—no pun intended. For two centuries these dear folks have been trying to decide how or whether to please both their deity and the courts—i.e., who can marry whom, or how many at one time each male should be allowed, or how many other wives will each wife of one man tolerate. Well, you get the gist of the tangle. The ambiguity/contradiction that I can’t seem to reconcile is pretty simple, and it is derived from what ordinary people, male and female, have voiced quite decisively. Never has any woman said in my hearing that she’d like be one of several wives of any man—in other words, the harem sort of arrangement. And never in a non-joking manner have I heard any contemporary male seriously brag that he could easily deal with more than one wife at a time in the same geographical setting. And now comes the same sex marriage issue—still another quandary what to do when religious teachings, legal ethics, conventional culture, common sense, biologic uncertainties and loggerheaded absolutes get intertwined beyond recognition. Hey, Utah, wouldn’t it be a whole lot simpler just to outlaw marriage? —Or maybe move to another state, or to Mexico as has happened in the past? This marriage thing is obviously just too much for Utah to handle.

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TeaPublican says... December 23, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

Thi is awesome! The Utah Cache County Clerk’s office closed on Monday, meaning that no one who visits that office may obtain a marriage license…gay or straight! And some Utah counties have kept their clerk’s office open while simply refusing to provide licenses to same-sex-couples! Look, the Counties can’t get in trouble for not following a federal court decision requiring same-sex couples to be afforded the same constitutional rights as opposite-sex couples if the Court Houses are closed! What a brilliant move by Cache County! If worse comes to worse and people are complaining about court houses being shut down, then just shut down the whole State of Utah! Then Gays will see that their wanting to marry will be hurting everyone in Utah! We Republicans will NOT back down…even if that guy obama decides to send in the National Guard! I tell you, when we Republicans allowed interracial marriage we should have known that gay marriage would be the next step! Interracial marriage is banned in the Bible just like Gay marriage….and we Republicans will NOT be turning our backs on our God again! Oh I just can’t wait until we Republicans take back our America in 2014 n 2016! Then we will put those Gays in their place….which is right back in the closet! “P n P” in 2016! Perry n Palin! Yes folk, it IS going to happen!

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Zorr10 says... December 23, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

Well, the state of Utah's law against gay marriages seemed to come to a screetching halt. Before much longer, the entire United States will have laws allowing Gay marriages, even Arkansas amongst them, because it seems more and more people are in support of homosexual marriages and their lifestyles. It really makes no difference to me, one way or the other.

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