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Supreme Court halts Utah gay marriages, signaling cautious approach

Supreme Court halts Utah gay marriages, signaling cautious approach

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in Utah on Monday, sending a go-slow signal as it suspended a federal district judge's decision that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.

The terse order came with no dissents, suggesting justices are not ready to recognize a right to gay marriage nationwide and are reluctant to allow a lower court to nudge them into answering a legal question they carefully avoided in two landmark gay rights rulings last year.

"If this means anything, it means they want a little more time to decide this," said Cornell University law professor Michael Dorf, a former court clerk. "And...

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