On January 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's request to temporarily block enforcement of a recent ruling.
This ruling, passed on December 20, 2013, struck down a Utah law that banned same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional.
Hundreds of marriage licenses for same-sex couples have been issued by Utah counties in the two weeks since the decision was announced.
Utah voters approved the law banning same-sex marriage in 2004.
The temporary block does not offer the final word on the constitutionality of the state law.
The larger issue will quickly be taken up by a Denver-based federal appeals court in the coming weeks.