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Utah Gay Marriage Ban Shut Down By Appeals Court

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Mellissa Vigil, center, kisses Koston Vigil-Marsh, 8 months, while Cidney Marsh, left, looks on as they gather with about 50 same-sex marriage advocates Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Salt Lake City, while delivering a petition with thousands signatures to the governor’s mansion pushing for recognition of gay married couples. Outside the mansion, gay couples said they should receive the same benefits as others in Utah. The group included a handful of families whose children helped to dump the
Mellissa Vigil, center, kisses Koston Vigil-Marsh, 8 months, while Cidney Marsh, left, looks on as they gather with about 50 same-sex marriage advocates Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Salt Lake City, while delivering a petition with thousands signatures to the governor’s mansion pushing for recognition of gay married couples. Outside the mansion, gay couples said they should receive the same benefits as others in Utah. The group included a handful of families whose children helped to dump the

SALT LAKE CITY, July 11 (Reuters) - A federal circuit court on Friday denied Utah's bid to further block legal recognition of about 1,300 same-sex weddings performed after the state's gay marriage ban was briefly lifted.

But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, also left intact an existing temporary stay against the enforcement of state recognition of those 1,300 marriages to give Utah a chance to seek a permanent injunction from the Supreme Court. Utah's attorney general immediately vowed to do just that. (Reporting by Jennifer Dobner in Salt Lake City; Editing by Steve Gorman and Sandra Maler)

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