On Friday, Attorney General Holder confirmed that the federal government would continue recognizing the nearly 1,400 marriages issued to same-sex couples in Utah.
This Is What Respect for Marriage Looks Like
By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
On Friday, Attorney General Holder confirmed that the federal government would continue recognizing the nearly 1,400 marriages issued to same-sex couples in Utah between December 20, 2013 and January 6, 2014. Holder said, "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds." The ACLU strongly agrees.
In a letter sent to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes earlier this week, the ACLU of Utah made clear that these marriages were and remain valid and "have vested the married couples with rights that the state and federal governments must recognize." Unfortunately, Governor Gary Herbert decided that the state would no longer recognize these same-sex couples as married. As a result, the ACLU of Utah has announced plans to file a class action lawsuit against Utah to require the state to also recognize these marriages, even as the legal challenge to Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples moves forward in the courts.