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People walk outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) People walk outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)  

Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday halted gay marriage in Utah by granting a request from state officials appealing a lower-court ruling that allowed same-sex weddings to go ahead in the heavily-Mormon state.

The decision by the court means that gay weddings in the state are now on hold while the case is appealed to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hundreds of gay couples in Utah have received marriage licenses since the December 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)