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Obama administration to recognize same-sex 'marriages' in Utahcomment (0)

January 10, 2014

On Jan. 10 the Obama administration said it would recognize 1,300 couples’ lawful same-sex “marriages” in Utah, even though the state government is “refusing to do so,” The New York Times reported.

The administration posted a video on the Justice Department’s website to make the announcement. To view the video, go to www.justice.gov/tmp/01092014/01092014.html.

In the announcement Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the federal government would grant “federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples who rushed to obtain marriage licenses” after a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex “marriage” in December 2013.

On Dec. 20, Federal District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s constitutional amendment, which limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the federal Constitution, The Times reported. As same-sex couples flocked to the county clerk’s office to get “married,” Utah’s state government asked a higher court to block the order and appeal the ruling, but the federal court declined to do so, so the marriages continued.

But on Jan. 6, the Supreme Court issued a stay, “bringing a halt to further same-sex ‘marriages’ while the litigation continues. That decision effectively left those same-sex couples in legal limbo,” The Times reported.

On Jan. 8, the office of Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert said the state would not recognize as lawful the same-sex “marriages” already licensed while it pressed forward with the appeal, according to The Times.

“The original laws governing marriage in Utah return to effect pending final resolution by the courts,” Derek Miller, the chief of staff to Herbert, wrote in a memo to state officials.

But Holder said, “In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled — regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages.”

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