Utah asks Supreme Court for urgent intervention to halt same-sex marriage recognition

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(RNS) Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (July 16) to issue an emergency order that would prevent the state from recognizing the marriages of thousands of gay and lesbian Utahns, because the state believes it will ultimately prevail in its fight to revive a ban on such unions.

If it does, the state wrote, Utah will do “everything possible” to enforce the law. That means effectively nullifying the more than 1,000 unions gay and lesbian Utahns entered into during a 17-day window when such weddings were legal.