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Supreme Court complicates gay marriages in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from county clerks in Utah in the past two weeks - but not all of them are legally married.

Dozens of couples who were holding off on having ceremonies, many waiting for out-of-town family and friends, are now out of luck. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says the marriage license itself means nothing unless there is a ceremony with an officiator and two witnesses.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to bring a temporary halt to the marriages until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah.

That means couples who did not solemnize the marriage before the ruling won't be considered legally married.