Federal Court Makes Marriage Equality Official In Utah And Oklahoma

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK
CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

The Tenth Circuit has officially lifted its stays on the same-sex marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma. This means that marriage equality can immediately take effect.

The lifting of the stay also impacts Colorado, where a federal judge had also ruled against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. According to State Attorney General John Suthers, who has defended the ban, “Once formalities are resolved, clerks across the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to all same-sex couples.” The state will file motions to expedite the lifting of stays and begin marrying couples — possibly even by day’s end.

Meanwhile, county clerks in Wisconsin are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the Indiana Attorney General’s office has said that marriages can start “soon.” Marion County Clerk Beth White isn’t even waiting. As previously reported, Virginia will begin issuing licenses early this afternoon.