Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states. The effect of the denial in Utah is that the lower court ruling of U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby overturning Utah’s voter-approved Amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman remains the law of the land. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Shelby’s ruling finding that Utah cannot deny residents the benefit or protection of marriage based on gender. While the U.S. Supreme Court declined to address the matter at this time it is likely that they will take up the matter in years to come. However, for now gay marriage is back on in Utah.