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Utah County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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Posted at 8:21 AM, Dec 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-27 00:47:50-05

UTAH COUNTY -- After waiting for further clarification on the recent ruling overturning Utah's same-sex marriage ban, Utah County will now issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson released a statement Thursday saying the Utah County Clerk’s Office will issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants including same-sex couples.

The full statement can be read below:

“On Tuesday afternoon, December 24th, the 10th Circuit of Appeals denied the motion to stay the ruling by Judge Robert Shelby that Utah’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Based upon that motion and upon receipt of the further clarifications I was seeking; the Utah County Clerk’s Office will issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants.”

The Box Elder and San Juan County Clerk’s offices announced that they will also begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Thursday.

A spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office told FOX 13 the office is not expected to file an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage licenses from being issued “for a few days.”  Click here to read more on that story.