Is same-sex marriage now legal in Utah forever? •
That depends. Hours after U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, the Utah attorney general's office filed a notice of appeal with the 10th Circuit Court in Denver and asked Shelby to stay his decision.
What happens if the ruling is stayed? •
At present, same-sex marriage is legal in Utah. If the ruling is stayed, the ban will be reinstituted while the legal fight continues and no more marriage licenses will be issued. A plaintiff's attorney said marriage licenses issued to that point will be valid, but the state said marriages would be declared invalid if its appeal succeeds.