Utah same-sex marriages to be recognized by federal government Addison Morris at 1:53 PM ET
[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [press release] Friday that the federal government will recognize the marriages that took place while same-sex marriage was briefly allowed in the state of Utah. In the 18 days that same-sex marriage was legal in Utah, approximately 1,300 couples were wed. Holder confirmed that these couples will be entitled to federal benefits, stating that "these families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds." This announcement comes a day after Human Rights Campaign [advocacy website] wrote a letter [text, PDF] to Holder arguing that "there is simply no reason for the United States government not to extend federal recognition" to those who were legally married.
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