via New York Times:
The Obama administration on Friday said that it would recognize as lawful the marriages of 1,300 same-sex couples in Utah, even though the state government is refusing to do so.
The administration posted a video on the Justice Department’s website making the announcement. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that the federal government would grant federal marriage benefits to the same-sex couples who rushed to obtain marriage licenses after a federal judge last month unexpectedly struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.
“I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Mr. Holder said in the video. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”
Additional notes from Advocate.com
…But it remains unclear whether the state of Utah itself will ultimately recognize those families. On Wednesday, a statement from Utah governor Gary Herbert said that “state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice,” expressly leaving the ultimate determination of validity up to federal courts.
But today, a memo from Utah’s attorney general directed county clerks to issue marriage licenses to those couples who had applied for them and had their union solemnized before the Supreme Court enacted its stay on Monday.
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