Federal judge orders Utah to recognize existing same-sex marriages

SALT LAKE CITY Mon May 19, 2014 7:11pm EDT

Shauna Griffen (L) and Brooke Shepherd show their rings after getting married at the Salt Lake County Government Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Shauna Griffen (L) and Brooke Shepherd show their rings after getting married at the Salt Lake County Government Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 23, 2013.

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SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah must recognize existing same-sex marriages performed during a 17-day window after a court briefly legalized gay nuptials in the conservative, heavily Mormon state, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Utah temporarily became the 18th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples when a federal judge struck down a state gay marriage ban as unconstitutional. That ruling was later put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court while the state was appealing the case, but not before hundreds of gay couples had tied the knot.

(Reporting by Jennifer Dobner; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Steve Gorman)

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psmithphd wrote:
We live in a republic where laws are made by the people through their elected representatives, not by autocratic judges. This judge is guilty of abuse of power, of judicial tyranny, in seeking to order others to do his will. He works for us and owes us an apology for his highhandedness. He should reverse his decision and if failing to do so should be sanctioned and if necessary forced to resign.

May 20, 2014 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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