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Federal Court: Utah's Same-Sex Weddings Can Continue

The state had wanted a hold on same-sex marriages while they appeal a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay weddings.

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    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)

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Utah's request to stop gay marriages in the state.

    The state had wanted a hold on same-sex marriages while they appeal a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay weddings.

    The appeals court ruling late Tuesday means county clerks can continue to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. Nearly 700 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses since Friday.

    The judge's decision to strike down a law passed by voters in 2004 drew attention given Utah's long-standing opposition to gay marriage and its position as headquarters for the Mormon church.