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Utah won't recognise gay marriages after US court ruling

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:16 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Utah said on Wednesday it will not recognise more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place between when a judge allowed gay weddings last month and a United States (US) Supreme Court ruling this week suspending them again.

A letter by Utah governor Gary Herbert to officials said the western US state - which had opposed the district court ruling opening the way for gay weddings - must obey the top US federal court's decision freezing them again.

The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked gay marriages, after Utah filed an emergency request to stay the judge's ruling, which struck down as unconstitutional a state law banning same-sex marriage.

Some 1,300 marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued in the 17 days between the two rulings in Utah, a conservative state with a large Mormon population, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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