Supreme Court Stops Gay Marriage in Utah for Now

 A car flies the gay pride flag in protest past the Mormon Conference center during the Semi-Annual General Conference of the Mormon church
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The legal and symbolic victory for marriage equality in Utah is not final. The Supreme Court, in an order issued Monday morning, halted the December 20 decision allowing gay marriage across the very Mormon state pending a federal appeal. Now it’s up to the Tenth Circuit in Denver to consider Utah’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage, with each side arguing its case through February. According to the AP, the equality window was open long enough for more than 900 gay couples to tie the knot over the holiday season, thus ruining Christmas and New Year’s for opponents.