In late December 2013 a federal judge ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional making it possible for hundreds of gay couples to legally wed in one of the most conservative states in the country. Over 1,300 marriage licenses were issued before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay while the 10 th Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case.
Utah’s ruling was the first and many other states have followed suit after the Supreme Court made it’s controversial ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. In October of 2014 the the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals in each of the states where bans on same-sex marriage were overturned. Currently same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states but many couples are waiting for a formal Supreme Court ruling which will likely come this year.
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