On Dec. 20, 2013, U.S. District Court U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.
With no pending request from the state to stay the ruling, same-sex marriages unexpectedly became legal in Utah and more than 1,000 couples wed in the next 17 days.
The ceremonies stopped on Jan. 6, 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Utah Attorney General’s Office’s request for a stay as the state appealed Shelby's ruling to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
On June 25, 2014, a three-member panel of 10th Circuit judges upheld Shelby's decision, becoming the first federal appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue.
The panel said states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution, but it issued an immediate stay to its own ruling, anticipating an appeal by Utah.
Utah bypassed another appeal to the full 10th Circuit, heading for the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Monday, the nation's highest court declined to hear the appeal. The 10th Circuit lifted its stay shortly after 10 a.m., and same-sex marriages in Utah began again.