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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 8:27 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Fri Jul 11, 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days following a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court.

Five months after the ban was struck down, a different federal judge in May ruled the state must lift its ban on benefits — like child custody — for same-sex couples.

The state asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the benefits while the larger issue of the marriage ban makes its way through the courts.

On Friday, the 10th Circuit denied Utah's request for an indefinite delay. Instead, justices gave them only until July 21 to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.

The Utah Attorney General's Office didn't immediately say whether they'll appeal.

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