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I understand what Justice Sonia Sotomayor was doing here. By referring the decision to the full court, she didn't have to be the "lone voice" responsible for either allowing marriages to continue (risking a perceived backlash), nor personally block marriages herself (damaging her reputation with liberals). And as a judicial "pause button," there has been no damage, other than to delay, except perhaps to any potential brides and grooms who might--you know--die in the interim.
Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in Utah pending appeal
The Supreme Court halted same-sex marriages in Utah on Monday, returning to center stage the question of whether there is a constitutional right to marry that states may not withhold from gay men and lesbians. The court’s two-sentence order stayed a decision from a federal judge in Salt Lake City that had cleared the way for same-sex marriages. About 1,000 such weddings were performed in the 17 days that followed — unions that the state’s attorney general said are now in “legal limbo. . .”
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