The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the Department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child. The Department sought clarification because the court orders appear to conflict with Utah law currently in effect, which prohibits the state and any state entities from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Utah Supreme Court has not yet announced a date for oral arguments.
The stay appears to apply to a pending Order to Show Cause from one judge requiring two officials from the Department and the Attorney General to explain why the Department had not yet complied with the district court’s order. If further clarification is needed on that issue, the Attorney General’s Office will request it.
Today’s stay indicates that the Utah Supreme Court recognizes the importance of resolving any legal confusion regarding these matters and the Attorney General’s Office is encouraged that it will be able to present the Department's full arguments to the Court so that these issues may be resolved to give people who seek adoption and the Department clarity on the issues.