The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted Utah an extra month to file an appeal in a ruling ordering officials to recognize the marriages of more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couple who exchanged vows during the 17-day window when such unions were legal in the state.

The court agreed to the state's request to extend the deadline to October 22.

In requesting the extension, Utah argued that it needed more time due to the case's complexity.

U.S. Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled in May that Utah officials must recognize the marriages. After a 3-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit in Denver denied the state's request for a permanent hold on the ruling, Utah turned to the Supreme Court, which granted the state's request.

Utah has asked the high court to review the Tenth Circuit's decision striking down Amendment 3, Utah's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.