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Judge to consider Utah's request to block gay weddings that have taking place since Friday

Kody Partridge, left, and Laurie Wood celebrate while applying for a marriage license at the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The couple were plaintiffs in a case where a federal judge ruled on Friday that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)
December 22, 2013 - 10:32 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge on Monday is set to consider a request from the state of Utah to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday when the state's same-sex marriage ban was overturned.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights under the 14th Amendment.

Lawyers for the state want the ruling put on hold as they appeal the decision that has put Utah in the national spotlight because of its long-standing opposition to gay marriage. Shelby will hold a hearing on the request Monday morning.

On Sunday, a federal appeals court rejected the state's emergency request stay the ruling, saying they couldn't rule on a stay since Shelby hasn't acted on the motion before him.

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