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Utah same-sex marriages recognized by federal government, says Eric Holder

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Same-sex marriages performed in Utah are being recognized by the United States federal government, according to a Huffington Post report on Friday afternoon. Even though Utah’s state government has decided to not recognize the same-sex marriages that took place, the federal government will honor those marriages that occurred during a brief time in Utah, says United States Attorney General Eric Holder.

On Dec. 20, 2013, a federal judge in Utah struck down a ban that was asserted on same-sex marriages. At that time, many who wanted to be in a same-sex marriage in the state hurried to get marriage licenses. Utah is appealing that decision while the Supreme Court has put the ruling on hold until there is a ruling from the appeals court.

The act of any subsequent same-sex marriages in the state have been halted by the Supreme Court. However, the same-sex marriages enacted in the interim period had not been dealt with in the court’s ruling. Holder’s announcement on Friday gives same-sex marriage couples the federal benefits married couples receive.