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Hundreds marry in Utah – Tenth Circuit panel refuses third appeal to halt weddings

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer On Christmas Eve, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals refused for the third time to stop Gay and Lesbian couples from marrying in Utah after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Some 700 licenses have been issued to same-sex couples since U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December 20 that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although Salt Lake City is the Rome of the Mormon Church, Democratic Mayor Ralph Becker personally presided over some of the first weddings in the state. Scouts from Salt Lake City’s Troop 351, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Utah, delivered pizza to county clerks and couples waiting in line for marriage licenses, leading online religion reporter Joanna Brooks to Tweet ‘Utah. Boy scouts. Delivering pizzas. To support. Gay marriage. The. End.’ Scoutmast

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