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HRC Seeks Fed Recognition For Utah Gay Marriages

by Julie Pace
Thursday Jan 9, 2014
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert   (Source:AP Photo)

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest gay rights group is asking the federal government to recognize same-sex couples that married in Utah before the Supreme Court put these unions in the state on hold.

The court’s decision has created confusion for more than 1,000 couples. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the Human Rights Campaign asks Attorney General Eric Holder to allow those couples to receive federal benefits.

The letter came one day after Utah Gov. Gary Herbert instructed state agencies to hold off on processing any new benefits for the newly-married couples. Agencies are not supposed to revoke any benefits that have already been issued.

A Supreme Court decision last year extended many federal benefits to married same-sex couples.

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  • Anonymous, 2014-01-09 15:57:32

    Once again we are relegated to the position of second class citizens, thank you SCOTUS for clarifying that for us.


  • Anonymous, 2014-01-09 23:18:18

    I just don’t get why there is so much mean spirited behavior toward couples that just want to get married and live decent lives. Tell me, where is the harm in a married couple receiving state and federal benefits just as any other couple the the USA? Who is it hurting? There is not one heterosexual couples’ marriage that is on the verge of destruction because a same gender couple married.


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