Friday, January 10, 2014

Obama Admin. Recognizes Gay Marriages in Utah

Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, has announced that Federal Government will recognize as valid the 1,360 same-sex couples who married in Utah between December 20, when a Federal judge ruled the State's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional, and last Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay on that ruling.

Holder said: "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", and he added: "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds".

Then, same-sex couples who married in Utah during the 17 days it was legal can file joint federal taxes and are entitled to all federal benefits granted to married couples.

You can watch the video posted on the Department of Justice’s website.

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