Last month a federal District Court judge issued a ruling against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, resulting in the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in that state.

Today, however, the U.S. Supreme Court placed a stay on that ruling, meaning marriage in Utah will remain one man to one woman while the lawsuit over Utah’s marriage amendment progresses.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins summed up the implications of this decision in a statement today, saying, “The Supreme Court has today signaled that it will not allow state laws defining marriage to be set aside by a lone judge without a careful consideration of the issues involved.”