Utah’s Fil-Am AG requests more time to block state’s same-sex marriages

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 19, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Utah’s Filipino-American Attorney General wants more time to appeal a judge’s order that requires the state to recognize same-sex couples who were married in Utah last December.

On Monday, the office of Attorney General Sean Reyes asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to extend the appeal deadline from September 22 to October 22.

Reyes’ office cited the factual and legal complexity of the case – it involves four couples who were married last December after a district court judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

But last month, the Supreme Court issued an emergency stay on state recognition of same-sex marriages, pending the Utah’s appeal.

That puts more than 1,200 same-sex marriages in Utah on hold.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s Attorney General also asked the Supreme Court of block a lower court decision that struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Same-sex marriages could take place in Virginia as soon as this Thursday if the Supreme Court doesn’t step in.

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