sonia 300x210 Utahs Appeal To Sonia Sotomayor Delayed

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The last step in Utah’s effort to delay the inevitable by seeking an emergency stay on the ruling that gave marriage equality to Utahns is to petition Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for an emergency stay. People expected them to rush in that direction this morning, but it hasn’t happened yet:

A spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office told FOX 13 the office is not expected to file an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage licenses from being issued “for a few days.”

The state had said Tuesday it would file a request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected the request. On Thursday, attorney general’s spokesman Ryan Bruckman said the office was coordinating with outside counsel before proceeding.

“The attorney general’s office is working to prepare the appeal to the Supreme Court on the 10th Circuit’s denial of a stay. Due to the necessity of coordination with outside counsel the filing of the appeal may be delayed for a few days,” he told FOX 13′s Ben Winslow. “It is the intent of the AG’s office to file with the Supreme Court as soon as possible.”

The delay means that same-sex marriages would continue to be performed in Utah until the nation’s top court decides. Justice Sotomayor, who oversees the 10th Circuit and Utah federal courts, could either grant or deny the stay, or she could ask the entire U.S. Supreme Court to decide the issue.

Whenever it happens, good luck with Sotomayor, guys.

Thank goodness Utah doesn’t have any other issues to deal with and is thus free to spend all kinds of time and money trying to damage the lives of gay and lesbian Utahns.

[h/t Joe]