Utah AG requests judge to stop same-sex marriages

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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Derek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity look at each other following court in Salt Lake City. A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples was back in court Dec. 4, as a federal court judge heard arguments. A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah attorney general's office is requesting an emergency stay to stop same-sex marriages in the state.

A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban.

But the attorney general is asking for time to review the ruling and file an appeal.

The Salt Lake County clerk's office has already started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.