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Utah may ask Supreme Court to halt benefits to married gay couples

State says it’ll involve U.S. Supreme Court if stay is denied on decision to grant benefits to couples.



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Utah has rejected this accusation.

"Defendants had no predetermined plan, but instead, diligently researched and carefully analyzed the legal and practical viability of all available options, including implementation or appeal," Utah wrote in its brief Monday.

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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals could rule at any time regarding the stay. Until then, its temporary halt on same-sex marriage benefits will remain in effect.

Also pending in the appeals court is the original challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage bans. The appeals court, which seemed split on the issue after hearing arguments in that case in April, put the case on an expedited calendar, but has not said when it might rule.

mlang@sltrib.com

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