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The longer same-sex marriage is allowed to continue in Utah, the more licenses will likely be issued and the more couples will likely wed. All but four counties in Utah were issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear how the appellate court’s decision would influence the four holdouts.
"Time is of the essence to stop these marriages by staying the district court’s injunction," according to the state’s motion. "[Same-sex marriages must be stopped] in order to maintain the historic status quo of man-woman marriage that the state and its citizens validly enshrined in the Utah Constitution."
According to an email from Gov. Gary Herbert’s office to his cabinet Tuesday afternoon, most state agencies are seeing "minimal or no impact" as a result of same-sex marriages taking place.
The appeals court is not expected to decide whether to overturn Shelby’s decision for at least a few months. Utah was seeking a stay to prevent more same-sex marriages from happening until that case is decided.
Marriages granted since Friday will be unaffected by any ruling granting a stay, according to legal experts.
"Right now," Tomsic said, "the status quo in Utah is hundreds and hundreds of same-sex couples have been granted licenses and are now married."
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