Gay Marriage in Utah: Keep on Keepin' On

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 24 2013 8:05 PM

Federal Court Denies Halt on Same-Sex Marriages in Utah

A car flies the gay pride flag past the Mormon Conference center on October 3, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Some late, but good news for gay rights advocates in Utah. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s request for a hold on same-sex marriages. The state had requested a stay while they appealed a ruling, issued last Friday, which overturned Utah's ban on gay marriages.

Time may prove a valuable weapon in the ongoing court battle, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune:

The longer same-sex marriage is allowed to continue in Utah, the more licenses will likely be issued and the more couples will likely wed. This, state’s attorney Philip Lott said Monday, will only cause problems for the state, which has not had ample time to prepare for what consequences these unions might entail.

So how much time are we talking? The Tribune expects the appeals process to take at least a few months. Utah’s only remaining option to temporarily halt the marriages is the U.S. Supreme Court, notes The Associated Press. In the meantime, nearly 700 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses since last Friday’s ruling. You can read more about that decision which surprisingly, as Mark Joseph Stern argues in Slate, takes a page out of Justice Antonin Scalia’s rule book.



Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

The Secret Service’s Big Problems Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.

Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment

Natasha Lyonne Is Coming to the Live Culture Gabfest. Are You?

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 2 2014 11:01 AM It Wasn’t a Secret A 2013 inspector general report detailed all of the Secret Service’s problems. Nobody cared.
Business Insider
Oct. 2 2014 11:16 AM Some McDonald's Monopoly Properties Matter More
The Vault
Oct. 2 2014 11:07 AM Mapping 1890 Manhattan's Crazy-Quilt of Immigrant Neighborhoods
  Double X
Oct. 2 2014 11:34 AM Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Putting teenage girls on trial may finally be too much for the Supreme Court.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 2 2014 11:35 AM Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar’s New Video Is Somehow Both Creepy and Joyful
Future Tense
Oct. 2 2014 11:41 AM Dropbox Recruiting Video Features Puppets and Data Privacy
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 2 2014 9:49 AM In Medicine We Trust Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?