Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry.
Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The office also left open the possibility of requesting a review from the full panel of judges at the 10th Circuit.
The attorney general's office says even though the 10th Circuit ruling went against Utah, the state is pleased that it moves the important issue one step closer to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Nine same-sex couples challenging Colorado's gay marriage ban are thrilled by the court's ruling.
An attorney for the couples, John McHugh, says they are excited by the decision, even though it will not impact their lawsuit seeking to be recognized as married couples in Colorado. They have argued that the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban violates their constitutional rights.
They are still awaiting state District Judge C. Scott Crabtree's written decision. Crabtree has said it will likely be appealed.
Attorney General John Suthers' office says it will continue to defend the state's gay marriage ban until there is a final court resolution of the issue.