Obama Administration: Feds Will Recognize Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Utah as Valid

Holder pdWASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the federal government would recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ in Utah as being valid and eligible for federal benefits, even though state officials have declined to do likewise on a state level.

According to reports, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a homosexual advocacy organization, had urged Holder to certify that the over 1,000 Utah residents that have received marriage licenses in the state will be entitled to federal benefits.

As per government determinations last year following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), homosexuals who are “married” in states where same-sex nuptials are legal will be recognized as couples in the eyes of the federal government. The decision applies whether or not the individuals live in a state that recognizes same-sex “marriage”—just as long as they were enjoined in a state where such unions are permissible.

However, as the Supreme Court put a halt on the issuance of licenses while the a federal lawsuit runs its course through the appeals process, Gov. Gary Hebert has likewise declined to recognize homosexual “marriage” in the state while litigation continues.

“We cannot recognize these marriages,” Missy Larsen, spokeswoman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes told the Salt Lake Tribune. “That doesn’t mean they can’t be recognized in [other] areas that recognize same-sex marriage. The validity of those marriages will be determined by the court, but the recognition is what Utah cannot do at this point.”

Therefore, on Friday, Holder issued a statement confirming that the federal government will grant recognition even if the state won’t.

“Recently, an administrative step by the Court has cast doubt on same-sex marriages that have been performed in the state of Utah. And the governor has announced that the state will not recognize these marriages pending additional Court action,” he wrote. “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.”

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“These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds,” Holder continued. “In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled—regardless of whether they in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages.”

However, following the announcement, the National Organization for Marriage likewise issued a statement condemning the Obama administration for its actions.

“The Justice Department’s edict today expressly contradicts the determination of Utah’s governor and attorney general, and represents one of the most significant overreaches of federal authority imaginable,” President Brian Brown stated. “Furthermore, Attorney General Eric Holder is now doing the very thing that the Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States held the federal government could not do: use a definition of marriage for federal law purposes that did not respect the policy choices made by the individual states. This determination should be reversed if the State of Utah’s sovereignty—or really any state’s–is to be upheld and respected.”

“It is outrageous that the Justice Department would move so brazenly and publicly to undermine Utah’s standing constitutional provision regulating marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” he said. “It is the right of states to determine marriage, and the voters and legislature of Utah have done just that.”

As previously reported, in 2004, Utah residents approved a constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman with 66 percent of the vote.


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  • I don’t care what the government says about this. The Word of God is the final and supreme authority on the matter:

    Psalm 101:3-5 (KJV)
    Psalm 139:20-22 (KJV)
    Romans 1:26-32 (KJV)
    John 12:38-40 (KJV)
    Genesis 9:20-24 (KJV)
    Genesis 19:4, 5 (KJV)
    Genesis 19:9, 10 (KJV)
    Judges 19:22 (KJV)
    Judges 19:25 (KJV)
    Kings 14:24 (KJV)
    I Kings 15:12 (KJV)
    I Kings 22:46 (KJV)
    2 Kings 23:7 (KJV)
    2 Chronicles 19:2 (KJV)
    Leviticus 18:22 (KJV)
    Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)
    Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
    Malachi 3:6 (KJV)

  • http://chcafe.wordpress.com Joel Busher

    In Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” When Jesus speaks of holiness he is speaking of two things: public assemblies and law or the law making powers of the legislature. When Jesus is speaking of dogs, he is referring to the Old Testament description of a homosexual or gay male prostitute who are called dogs in Hebrew. Jesus described sound government principles as pearls and treasure. Pigs can only be found outside of Israel in the heathen nations. In summery, Jesus is giving a warning. Don’t hand over sound principles of government (or the formation of government) to heathens because they will trample them under foot as they raise up a despotism, a tyranny. Don’t hand over the law making powers of the state to homosexuals because if you do they will use the law to tear you and society to pieces. Article VIII making God’s law American law.
    Few Examples.
    Congressional laws including the Patriot act and the plethora of executive orders is undermining the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    Judicial usurpation is overthrowing not only state laws but the very will of the American people in their state’s constitutional amendments. Homosexuality is a judicial created right not a right granted by the American people or God.
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  • Barbara

    Unfortunately, it looks like the federal government and/or Supreme Court will eventually do to Utah what they did to California. They are in the same circumstance. The people of California voted, not once, but twice to uphold marriage between 1 man and 1 woman but were trampled all over by the government.