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Jessica Chavez, left, and her partner, Alecia Conder, walk through the snow as they leave the Ogden clerks and auditors office after it had canceled it's special Saturday opening to issue marriage licenses in Ogden, Utah, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. A federal judge on Friday, struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

George Frey, Associated Press - Ap

Motion for stay of Utah gay marriage ruling denied

  • Associated Press
  • December 22, 2013 - 9:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has rejected an emergency request from Utah officials to stay a judge's ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/JTtw6r ) Sunday that the state asked for the emergency stay to prevent the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned the ban on Friday, causing couples around Utah to begin making marriage plans.

A stay by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would have prevented marriage licenses from being issued while the state appeals Shelby's ruling.

State officials have also asked Shelby for a stay, and a hearing on that request is set for Monday morning.

The 10th Circuit on Sunday said they couldn't rule on a stay since Shelby hasn't acted on the motion before him.

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