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Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-31 16:17:18-05

(CNN) — Utah officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately block enforcement of a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in the state.

An emergency appeal was filed on Tuesday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who could rule herself or ask the rest of the court to weigh in.

Any action from the high court would be limited and temporary, and not be the final word on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A Denver-based federal appeals court will take up the larger issues on an expedited basis in coming weeks, but in the meantime has allowed those marriages to take place.