Same-sex couples sue Utah over refusal to recognize gay marriages

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Posted: Jan 21, 2014 1:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Four same-sex couples sued the state of Utah on Tuesday over Governor Gary Herbert's refusal to recognize gay marriages performed during a brief period while same-sex matrimony was legal in the conservative, heavily Mormon state, court documents showed.

A federal judge struck down Utah's voter-approved ban on gay marriages in December, ruling that it was unconstitutional. State officials later won a stay of that ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court pending an appeal to a Denver circuit court.

Herbert's office has said that Utah can't officially recognize the roughly 1,400 marriages that took place before the stay was issued, as the legal battle plays out.

(Reporting by Jennifer Dobner; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)