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July 12, 2014

The  three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit of Appeals gave the state until 21 July to take its case to the US Supreme Court

Late yesterday, 11 July, a three-judge panel ordered Utah to recognize the marriages of approximately 1,300 LGBTI couples.

This past December District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled the state's gay marriage law violated the US Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

After the ruling, for 17 days, same-sex couples married in Utah. The ceremonies were halted when the state appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

January 5, 2014

At a rally in Utah ex-Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack calls on local law enforcement officials to block gay marriage

A former sheriff is in Utah fighting against gay marriage.

Richard Mack, who once was sheriff for Graham County, Arizona, spoke at a rally held in Highland, Utah.

'The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,'  Mack said, as reported by Fox 13 News.

December 24, 2013

Judge denies request by state to halt ceremonies pending an appeal of his ruling declaring ban unconstitutional

The federal judge who overturned Utah's gay marriage ban on Monday (23 December) rejected the state government's request that the marriages be halted pending an appeal.

Judge Robert J. Shelby's decisions have resulted in hundreds of couples flocking to county courthouses to obtain licenses to get married. Couples began getting married on Friday (20 December) shortly after Shelby's ruling.

While the mood has been jubilant, there is still uncertainty in the air.

December 23, 2013

Utah does not 'satisfy the factors' for a stay of US District Judge Robert J. Shelby's decision making gay marriage legal

Today (22 December) the US Court of Appeals Tenth District denied Governor Gary Herbert's request for an emergency stay to stop gay couples from getting married in Utah.

Late last week District Judge Robert J. Shelby, in a 53-page decision, ruled the state's s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and there was no 'rational' reason not to allow gays to marry.

December 20, 2013

Robert J. Shelby rules the law passed in 2004 by voters is unconstitutional

Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge on Friday (20 December) who has declared it unconstitutional and said there is no 'rational' reason to not allow gays to marry.

US District Judge Robert J. Shelby, in a 53-page ruling, writes that the law passed by voters in 2004 is a violation of due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

December 5, 2013

Ruling by Judge Robert J Shelby will be first on a state ban since the Supreme Court struck down part of Defense of Marriage Act

Will Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by voters in 2004, be struck down by a federal judge?

It could happen.

US District Judge Robert J. Shelby heard arguments on Wednesday (4 December) from both sides of a case challenging the ban.

His ruling, expected in early 2014, will be the first on a state marriage ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June.