Utah couple, Mormon church react to gay marriage ruling


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the plaintiffs in in Utah's gay marriage case says she and her wife are "thrilled" with a ruling by a federal appeals court that states must allow gay couples to marry.

Kody Partridge and her wife, Laurie Wood, were working in their garden when they heard the news Wednesday. She called it "a big day" for plaintiffs across the country.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement on its website Wednesday that the church maintains marriage should be between a man and a woman but "all people should be treated with respect."

The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. However, the panel immediately put Wednesday's ruling on hold so it could be appealed.

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