Supreme Court complicates gay marriages in Utah

Updated at: 01/08/2014 1:03 PM


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from county clerks in Utah in the past two weeks, but not all of them are legally married.

Dozens of couples who were holding off on having ceremonies, many waiting for out-of-town family and friends, are now out of luck. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says the marriage license itself means nothing unless there is a ceremony with an officiator and two witnesses.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to bring a temporary halt to the marriages until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah.

That means couples who did not solemnize the marriage before the ruling won't be considered legally married.

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