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Same-sex couples shatter marriage records in Utah
Licenses » Three quarters of the more than $49,000 spent on marriage licenses in the first week same-sex marriage was legalized came from gay and lesbian couples.


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The chances of couples breaking down the door to get married in Piute are slim to none, they said. Piute has seen only one marriage license request in the past three months, said county worker Lisa Tenney.

Utah County — which made national news this week when Shelly Eyre and her partner Cheryl Haws declared that they would sue its clerk for denying gay and lesbian couples licenses in the immediate aftermath of U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s ruling that overturned a statewide ban on same-sex marriages — was doling out certificates Thursday to all.

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How many marriages?

In the week since U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned the ban on same-sex marriages, the number of weddings in Utah has skyrocketed. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown over the past seven days of same-sex marriages, total marriages and what percentage of the marriages entered were by lesbian and gay couples:

Beaver County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Box Elder County: 2 same-sex marriages | 5 total marriages | 40 percent

Cache County: Did not respond to calls for comment.

Carbon County: 2 same-sex marriages | 4 total marriages | 50 percent

Daggett County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Davis County: 150 total marriages*

Duchesne County: 2 same-sex marriages | 5 total marriages | 40 percent

Emery County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Garfield County: Did not respond to calls for comment.

Grand County: 6 same-sex marriages | 8 total marriages | 75 percent

Iron County: 0 same-sex marriages | 3 total marriages | 0 percent

Juab County: 1 same-sex marriage | 3 total marriages | 33 percent

Kane County: 0 same-sex marriages | 3 total marriages | 0 percent

Millard County: 1 same-sex marriage | 2 total marriage | 50 percent

Morgan County: 0 same-sex marriages | 3 total marriages | 0 percent

Piute County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Rich County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Salt Lake County: 655 same-sex marriages | 705 total marriages | 93 percent**

San Juan County: 0 same-sex marriages | 0 total marriages

Sanpete County: 3 same-sex marriages | 5 total marriages | 60 percent

Sevier County: 0 same-sex marriages | 1 total marriage | 0 percent

Summit County: 37 same-sex marriages | 42 total marriages | 88 percent

Tooele County: 28 same-sex marriages | 36 total marriages | 78 percent

Uintah County: 9 same-sex marriages | 11 total marriages | 81 percent

Utah County: 5 same-sex marriages | 25 total marriages | 20 percent**

Wasatch County: 2 same-sex marriages | 6 total marriages | 33 percent

Washington County: 42 same-sex marriages | 63 total marriages | 67 percent

Wayne County: 0 same-sex marriages | 1 total marriage | 0 percent

Weber County: 110 same-sex marriages | 144 total marriages | 76 percent**

Statewide: more than 905 same-sex marriages | 1,225 total marriages | at least 74 percent

* Did not distinguish between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages; declined to estimate.

** Not an exact count. Based on daily percentage estimations by the county clerk.

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According to Bryan Thompson, the county’s clerk and auditor, about 25 couples came in Thursday seeking marriage licenses. Of those, five were same-sex couples, all of whom were granted the certificates.

"Moving forward, we probably won’t keep track of how many same-sex couples versus opposite-sex couples we issue licenses to," Thompson told The Tribune. "I don’t see any reason to differentiate between them."

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