Friday, January 10, 2014

Utah marriages have federal recognition despite hold

Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing marriages of the more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put additional unions on hold. Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples in spite of any uncertainty as marriage equality works its way through the courts.

This might also have the effect of making nullification more difficult since that would entail taking benefits away from these couples. We should have a better idea of where equality stands by the summer when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue.

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