SALT LAKE CITY — The last Utah counties that were holding out on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples reversed course Thursday and began distributing the forms.
Officials for the four holdouts — Box Elder, Utah, Piute, and San Juan counties — say they had little choice after an appeals court Tuesday declined to intervene and halt gay marriage.
US District Judge Robert Shelby on Friday ruled that Utah’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, sending gay couples rushing to clerk’s offices for licenses.
The Utah attorney general’s office had said counties could be held in contempt of federal court if they refused to comply.
Governor Gary Herbert also order state agencies to comply with Shelby’s decision in the delivery of services, such as food stamps.