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Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

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Raylynn Marvel, Patsy Carter, Loreen Major, and Arlene Arnold wait in the offices of the Utah County Clerk and Auditor to learn if they will be issued a marriage license as a lesbian couple on July 20, 2013 in Provo, Utah. A Federal Judge on December 20, struck down Utah's ban on same sex marriage saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution. While the ban was lifted and officials were reportedly issuing licenses in Salt Lake City, officials in Provo were denying applicants. (Photo by George Fr

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gay couples in Utah have been cheering a federal judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Cheers erupted as the mayor of Salt Lake City led one of the state's first gay wedding ceremonies Friday.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages.

But the state is appealing the ruling and has requested an emergency stay that would stop marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he's disappointed in the ruling and accused Shelby of being an "activist" judge who is "attempting to override the will of the people of Utah."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also says it stands by its support for "traditional marriage."

Associated Press

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