Many More Same-Sex Couples Rush To Marry In Utah

Some Utah county clerks opened their doors Monday, allowing same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses in what could be a brief window before a court hearing to consider the state’s emergency appeal to halt the marriages.

In several counties throughout Utah, dozens of same-sex couples were able to marry Monday, following a federal court ruling late last week striking down the state’s ban on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

County clerks across the state opened their doors at 8 a.m. MT to long lines of same-sex couples waiting.

Some counties opened for business slightly early.

Several counties did not issue marriage licenses, according to reports.

Same-sex couples camped overnight outside in some places so they could be the first to receive marriage licenses when the doors opened.

Equality Utah, an LGBT rights group, warned that the window in which same-sex couples could marry might be short, pending a 9 a.m. MT court hearing on the state’s appeal to halt the marriages.

The organization advised couples to print out and complete the application form ahead of arriving at the clerk’s office and to pay in cash to make the process quicker.

“Worst case scenario we will only have 1 hour in which marriages can be performed by the respective county clerks,” Equality Utah said on its Facebook page.

Hundreds of couples lined up outside county clerk offices in Salt Lake County and Washington County ahead of the doors opening at 8 a.m. MT.

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