Salt Lake City, Utah – In a move seen as supportive of gay rights and simultaneously as an affront to states’ rights, the US Justice Department has declared that they will recognize the same sex marriages recently performed in the state of Utah. Attorney General Eric Holder said that same-sex couples should not be encumbered by uncertainty as to their marital status simply because Utah wants to challenge a lower court ruling striking down their states’ same-sex marriage ban.
Within days of the December 20 ruling, which abrogated the Utah same-sex marriage ban, over 1,000 marriages were performed. In response to the gay marriages, the governor of Utah ordered state offices to perform no action that would constitute formally acknowledging those them. This move was further bolstered by the US district court which issued a stay on the marriages until the legal challenge is resolved.
This makes Attorney General Eric Holder’s response all the more perplexing given that his actions also seemingly ignore the district court stay. Regardless of where a person stands on the issue of gay marriage, the rule of law must be preserved. Notwithstanding, his decision was met with joy by same sex couples who will now be entitled to federal benefits.
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