In Spite of Utah Not Recognizing Married Gays, Holder Says Feds Will
Fuck your stay on same-sex marriage Utah. Attorney general Eric Holder announced today that 1,360 same-sex couples who were married in Utah in the 17 days it was legal will be recognized by the U.S. government as legal and valid marriages citing the SCOTUS DOMA ruling back in June:
Same-sex couples who were married in Utah between December 20, when a federal judge ruled the state’s voter-approved ban on marriage equality unconstitutional, and Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay on that ruling, can file joint federal taxes and are entitled to all federal benefits granted to married couples, The New York Times reports.
“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,” Holder said in a video posted to the Justice Department’s website. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”
But it remains unclear whether the state of Utah itself will ultimately recognize those families. OnWednesday, 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.
Meanwhile, the powers that be in Utah are continuing to push the stay, leaving the married couples from that period in limbo.
Via The Advocate