Pro and Anti-Gay Marriage Activists Rally At Utah's CapitolLawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage was briefly lifted urged a U.S. judge on Wednesday to force the conservative, heavily Mormon state to recognize their nuptials while the legal battle over marriage plays out in an appeals court. Utah became the 18th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples when a federal district judge, Robert Shelby, ruled in December that a state ban on gay matrimony was unconstitutional. The decision was put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court, but not before more than 1,300 gay couples had tied the knot. The Utah governor’s office has said the state cannot recognize those weddings – or grant those couples any marriage rights – until an appeal of the case is decided by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. MORE