Gay couples ask appeals court to reject Utah stay

FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Four gay couples are asking a federal appeals court to reverse a decision allowing Utah to delay recognizing their same-sex marriages.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union who represent the couples filed the request Friday afternoon.

A day earlier, the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Utah’s request to delay a ruling that ordered state officials to recognize the marriages next week.

Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, are appealing that ruling and argue the marriages shouldn’t be recognized until that case and a broader case about the constitutionality of Utah’s same-sex marriage ban are settled.

The ACLU believes the marriages are legal regardless of how the courts rule on the ban.

The marriages occurred in December and January after a judge struck down the 2004 ban.

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