Utah Not Recognizing Gay Marriages

Posted: Jan 08, 2014 2:40 PM

Utah officials have announced that the state will not recognize gay marriage licenses that were issued before the Supreme Court halted the practice on January 6. Marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples following a judge's decision saying that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

"Based on counsel from the Attorney General's Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice," said the governor's Chief of Staff Derek Miller in a letter to cabinet officials.

"Please understand this position is not intended to comment on the legal status of those same-sex marriages– that is for the courts to decide. The intent of this communication is to direct state agency compliance with current laws that prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages."

Over 1,000 marriage licenses were issued between the initial ruling and the Supreme Court's actions.

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