Utah's confusing marriage equality timeline

Yesterday, a federal court responded to the confusion created by the Utah Supreme Court when it ruled on Monday that marriages for same-sex couples legally performed in the state have to be recognized by the state. If you feel like your eyes are crossing trying to follow the events of marriage equality in Utah, you are not alone. It's been a confusing path, with several twists and turns. To better understand this decision, let's take a quick look at Utah's marriage equality timeline 

December 20, 2013: A federal district court judge ruled that Utah's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Marriages began performing that day.

January 6, 2014: The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay, which forced the state to stop issuing marriage licenses. Over 1,300 couples were already wed by the time the stay was issued.

January 10, 2014: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government would recognize and extend federal benefits to all couples who were legally married from December 20 - January 6.

May 16, 2014: The Utah Supreme Court issues a stay, which barred the state frrom recognizing and extending state benefits to all couples who were legally married.

May 19, 2014: A federal district court overturns the Utah Supreme Court's decision to issue a stay, which forces the state to recognize and extend state benefits to all couples who were legally married.

In short, both the state and federal government will recognize the marriage of couples who were married from December 20 - January 6. The future of marriage in the state of Utah depends on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Oral arguments were heard by that court last month, and it is expected to deliver its opinion sometime in the next couple months. Until then, married couples can rest assured that their rights have been protected. 

Read more about the most recent federal court decision on Buzzfeed.

 

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