About 50 people showed up this morning at the Davis County Administration Building due to a rumor that the County Clerk/Auditor’s office was going to open to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of District Court Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling yesterday that Utah’s Amendment 3 was unconstitutional.
The group dispersed after hearing that the office was actually not going to open.
Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings had initially said they would not be issuing licenses to same-sex couples yesterday, but later released a statement reading, “After reading the decision, and conferring with our county attorney, who has now taken the time to talk to other legal officials throughout the state, I have been directed to begin issuing same sex marriage licenses immediately, upon request. This decision is one that complies with the current law.”
An employee of the Clerk/Auditor’s office told the Davis County Clipper that several couples had inquired whether the county would be issuing licenses to same-sex couples, but by closing time yesterday, no couple had done so.
Utahns are still waiting to hear if the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office will open and at what time, if so.
Photo: Greg Jaboin