Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6d9e880287.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government will recognize gay marriages in Utah, even if state officials won't, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “Recently, an administrative step by the Court has cast doubt on same-sex marriages that have been performed in the state of Utah,” Holder said in a video posted online.

“And the governor has announced that the state will not recognize these marriages pending additional Court action. In the meantime, 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.  These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds,” Holder said.

The decision means couples not recognized by the state would still be able to file joint tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service.

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