Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 7:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gay couples in Utah have been cheering a federal judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Cheers erupted as the mayor of Salt Lake City led one of the state's first gay wedding ceremonies Friday.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages.

But the state is appealing the ruling and has requested an emergency stay that would stop marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he's disappointed in the ruling and accused Shelby of being an "activist" judge who is "attempting to override the will of the people of Utah."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also says it stands by its support for "traditional marriage."

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248-a-10-(Dahnelle Burton-Lee, deputy clerk, Salt Lake County, Utah, in AP interview)-"performing some ceremonies"-Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says, under Utah state law, couples don't have to wait after applying for a marriage license, so weddings started taking place at the county office building. (20 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *248 (12/20/13)££ 00:10 "performing some ceremonies"

249-a-09-(Dahnelle Burton-Lee, deputy clerk, Salt Lake County, Utah, in AP interview)-"light of that"-Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says it's not yet clear what will happen if a court issues a stay to the ruling which is currently allowing the same-sex weddings to take place. (20 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *249 (12/20/13)££ 00:09 "light of that"

246-a-11-(Dahnelle Burton-Lee, deputy clerk, Salt Lake County, Utah, in AP interview)-"couples who apply"-Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says, after a surprise Friday ruling from a federal judge, the state Attorney General's office instructed her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (20 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *246 (12/20/13)££ 00:11 "couples who apply"

247-a-06-(Dahnelle Burton-Lee, deputy clerk, Salt Lake County, Utah, in AP interview)-"a marriage license"-Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says many same-sex couples staring arriving at her office soon after the federal court ruling that strikes down Utah's ban on same-sex marriages. ((4:00 in cut refers to Friday afternoon)) (20 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *247 (12/20/13)££ 00:06 "a marriage license"

APPHOTO UTKR104: Ruth Hackford-Peer, right, and Kim Hackford-Peer, standing next to her, are married by Rev. Curtis Price, left, while hugging their two children Riley Hackford-Peer, back middle, and Casey Hackford-Peer, bottom middle, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge ruled on Friday that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) (20 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO UTKR113: Chris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb embrace after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge ruled on Friday that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) (20 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO UTSAC108: Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, embrace after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf) (20 Dec 2013)

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