WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay in favor of the state of Utah that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages that took place between December 20 and January 6.
The stay was granted in response to Judge Dale Kimball’s May ruling that required the state to recognize marriages performed during the 17-day window.
Kimball’s ruling is attached to a case that is separate from Judge Robert Shelby’s Dec. 20 ruling that declared Amendment 3 unconstitutional. Shelby’s summary judgment (Kitchen vs. Herbert) opened the door for nearly 1500 same-sex couples to marry. More than 160 couples obtained licenses in Davis County, before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay. Utah refused to recognize the marriages, pending an appeal of Shelby’s ruling, which prompted the separate case (Evans vs. Utah).
With the stay in place, same-sex couples married during the 17-day window will not be eligible for spousal benefits.
The Utah ACLU chapter expressed “disappointment” in Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, while Governor Herbert continued his call for “clarity” regarding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.
On June 25, the 10th Circuit upheld Shelby’s ruling, which prompted Reyes to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
A decision from the Supreme Court considering the Utah case may not come until next year.