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To avoid the confusion that they say surrounds Shelby's ruling, Cache County officials stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether on Monday and closed the county offices.
"Given the status of the pending motion for a stay and the appeal that will be filed by the state of Utah, the Cache County Clerk's office will be closed until further notice," said a statement issued by the county.
Cheryl Haws and Shelly Eyre served the Utah County Clerk's Office with a lawsuit Monday after the clerk's office refused to grant them a marriage license. The county had also turned away couples on Friday.
"We thought about it this morning, we could have gone to Salt Lake County and got in line with everyone else, but we thought, 'Why should we have to do that? We live in Utah County,'" said Haws, who asserts the county violated their rights.
Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson said he is awaiting clarification on a complicated issue.
"There's just enough issues and questions that we've had that we wanted to proceed prudently," Thompson said Monday. "By no means is it an attempt to defy a judge."
Lisa Williamson and Christie Jacobs, partners of three years, were anxiously approaching the door to the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office Monday when the cheering from Shelby's decision erupted. Even through their nervous, five-hour wait, the two women said they hadn't given up hope.
"There's always that 1 percent chance that (a stay) could have happened, and then we would have been here for nothing," Jacobs said.
"We're still watching the clock, it's not going to be real until we have that paper in our hand," Williamson responded.
The Salt Lake couple said they had been discussing marrying next summer, but when they heard Friday that Utah's Amendment 3 had been struck down, their mind was made up — they wanted to get married in Utah.
After being among the hundreds turned away from Weber County's offices on Saturday and anticipating pushback in their home of Utah County, Shauna Griffen and Brooke Shepherd spent the night waiting in line outside the Salt Lake County building.
Wearing matching shirts proclaiming "Love conquers hate," the two women were some of the first to receive their licenses before running to meet the Rev. Curtis Price, who was waiting for them in the lobby.
"It was a long night, we were worried," Griffen said. "I had faith in Salt Lake County, they came through."
The couple, together five years, had reservations to be married in Seattle next summer.
During the rally Monday night, organizers from Restore Humanity stopped the music as Clyde Peck and Stanley Trujillo came forward to be married on the steps of the city-county building.
“It’s been such an amazing time for us,” Peck said standing with his new husband, showing off their rings. “This is all happening so much faster than we’d ever expected it to be.”
Peck said he and his partner have been together for 17 years and to be recognized as a married couple is “the best it can be.”
Adam Larsen, 11, was there with his parents and his 13-year-old brother. The family said they came to support their neighbors and friends, some of whom camped out Sunday night to be married on Monday.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Adam said. “I was thinking Utah would be one of the last to do it, but they’re one of the first.”
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