Utah will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court over last month's ruling by a regional appeals court that found in favor of gay marriage in the conservative state, the attorney general's office said on Wednesday.

A challenge by Utah was widely expected after the June 25 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which said the state could not stop same-sex couples from marrying. That ruling was put on hold pending Utah's appeal.

Oh, man. The Supreme Court feels like such a crapshoot these days. Is the libertarian-leaning Supreme Court going to show up for this case, or are we going to get the religious-fucking-nutjob Supreme Court instead? There's no way of knowing.