There Are Four Counties In Utah Still Not Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Several counties say they’re waiting to hear from the 10th Circuit before they move forward with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Update: Three of the remaining counties announced Thursday they would begin issuing licenses. posted on

Update — Dec. 26, 12:32 p.m. MST:


Box Elder, San Juan and Utah counties announced Thursday morning they would begin issuing licenses according to KSL. Piute County, population 1,500, is not issuing any licenses at this time, but only because their clerk is out of town until the end of the year.

Counties in Utah that said they would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of Monday. Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed

Update - December 23, 6:41 p.m. MT: This article has been updated to reflect that Wasatch, Garfield and Kane counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of Monday, Sanpete and Sevier counties will begin Tuesday, and Juab, Piute, Beaver and San Juan counties are not, according to KSL.

Counties in Utah that said they would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of Tuesday.

Update - December 24, 12:03 p.m. MT: Juab and Carbon counties have announced they will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to Fox 13. Box Elder, Piute, San Juan and Utah counties are still not at this time.

Seven counties in Utah are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at this time, an act Judge Robert Shelby said is breaking the law, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, but spokespeople for the counties saying they are waiting to hear if the 10th Circuit Court will issue a stay.

“Based upon the ruling on Friday, December 20th, by US District Court Judge Robert Shelby that Utah’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional; I am seeking further clarification from the State, and the Utah County Attorney’s Office,” Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson said in a statement.

Late Monday morning, Judge Shelby denied the state’s request for a stay, saying Utah did not provide new arguments or request the stay in a timely matter. The state has appealed their request to the 10th Circuit.

Following Shelby’s ruling, at least three counties that had not been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier in the morning announced they now would do so. There are now 20 counties that will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and two, Sanpete and Sevier, will begin tomorrow.

“I think at this point we about have to,” said a spokesperson for Wayne County told BuzzFeed. Dagget and Emery counties likewise announced a changed position.

Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Juab, San Juan and Utah counties are the counties still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at this time.

“Until I receive the further clarification that I’m seeking, the Utah County Clerk’s Office will not be making any policy changes in regards to which we issue marriage licenses,” Thompson said.

Cache County, which said in a statement it would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning, closed its office in the afternoon “to sort out the legal issues and confusion created in the wake of Judge Shelby’s decision.”

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