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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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The Utah attorney general's office will ask the Supreme Court to keep counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while the state appeals a federal district court's ruling, now that a federal appeals court has denied the request for an emergency stay on the decision three times, according to Fox 13 News Salt Lake City.

Justice Sonia Sotamayor, who oversees Utah in the 10th Circuit for the Supreme Court, will review the emergency stay request.

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Utah County, which held off issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the beginning of the week, will now grant them to all couples, Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson said in a statement Thursday.

"On Tuesday afternoon, December 24th, the 10th Circuit of Appeals denied the motion to stay the ruling by Judge Robert Shelby that Utah’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional," Thompson said. "Based upon that motion and upon receipt of the further clarifications I was seeking; the Utah County Clerk’s Office will issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants."

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The Utah County Clerk's office will not issue same-sex marriage licenses until state officials give the county a legal opinion on the Friday federal court ruling that struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriages, according to Fox 13 News Salt Lake City reporter Ben Winslow.

Utah requested that the ruling be put on hold while they appeal the decision, and the federal court judge that struck down the ban will consider the stay request on Monday.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) lost his son Perry Inhofe in a plane crash in November, and the GOP Senator said that his loss has brought him closer to his Democratic colleagues.

"I probably shouldn't say this, but I seem to have gotten more, at least as many, maybe more, of communications from some of my Democrat friends. And I'm a pretty partisan Republican," Inhofe said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They realize that you've lost someone, and that brings us closer together."

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