Utah judge denies stay on same-sex marriage ruling

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Despite a request from state officials, a federal judge on Monday refused to institute a stay on his surprise ruling last week instituting marriage equality in Utah, according to a local news outlet.

Fox 13 reported Monday U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, an Obama appointee, declined to issue a stay following a hearing in his court, where attorneys for same-sex couples and the state made their case on the issue.

The order means that same-sex marriages can continue throughout Utah for the time being. As of Friday, more than 100 same-sex couples married in Salt Lake City alone, and others camped outside the doors of the clerk’s office Sunday night in anticipation of marrying the next day. However, at least five counties — Box Elder, Cache, Emery, Utah and Sanpete — are reportedly not issuing marriage licenses.

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