Friday, June 06, 2014

Another Temporary Stay For Same-Sex Couples Married In Utah During Gap Period

As previously reported, on May 19 in Evans v. Utah a Utah federal district court granted a preliminary injunction requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages solemnized under Utah marriage licenses on the 17 days between a federal district court decision striking down Utah's ban  on same-sex marriages, and the U.S. Supreme Court's stay of that order. However the district court postponed the effectiveness of its order for 21 days to give the state time to decide how to proceed.  The 21-day period would expire on Monday.  Yesterday the Utah Attorney General's office announced that it has filed a notice of appeal and a request for a stay with the 10th Circuit in Evans.  In response, within hours, the 10th Circuit issued a temporary stay and ordered plaintiffs to respond by June 12 to the motion for a stay pending appeal. (AG office announcement.)