In December, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled in a lawsuit that Utah's ban was unconstitutional. Shelby did not put a stay in place, but Utah requested a stay from Supreme Court Justice
Last month, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that stay, pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The couples who wed in that interim period would have been able to file for state benefits Monday morning had the Supreme Court not granted the stay. The stay was granted without dissent or opinion.
The Utah attorney general's office said it was preparing an appeal to file later in the summer. Atty. Gen. Sean Reyes issued a statement late Friday:
"Although we agree with the Court's ruling, we acknowledge the pain and difficulty a stay imposes on many Utah citizens and families seeking to adopt and receive benefits. ... Our internal team of attorneys have diverse personal beliefs about the issues in question, but unite in their dedication to seek final clarity and uphold Utah law."
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, cautions that the Supreme Court's action Friday does not indicate how the justices might rule in the case.