Motion for stay of Utah gay marriage ruling deniedAP , Associated Press
Dec. 22, 2013 10:21 PM ET
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an emergency request from Utah officials to stay a judge's ruling that overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/JTtw6r ) Sunday that the state asked for the emergency stay to prevent the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned the ban on Friday, causing couples around Utah to begin making marriage plans.
A stay by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would have prevented marriage licenses from being issued while the state appeals Shelby's ruling.
State officials have also asked Shelby for a stay, and a hearing on that request is set for Monday morning.
The 10th Circuit on Sunday said they couldn't rule on a stay since Shelby hasn't acted on the motion before him.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com