In what may be the most unsurprising development yet in Utah’s fight over its gay marriage ban, the Governor yesterday announced that the state would not recognize the marriages of the 1300 same-sex couples who wed over the last few weeks.
LGBTQ nation reports:
Utah governor Gary Herbert’s office late Tuesday instructed state agencies not to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were solemnized in the 17 days between a federal judge’s ruling to allow same-sex marriage in Utah, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday to stay the ruling pending appeal. General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice.”
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The state’s new attorney general, Sean Reyes, echoed the sentiment.
“While the ultimate validity of such marriages is subject to the decision of a higher court, it is clear that the state is bound by law to limit any benefits attaching after” the Supreme Court halted gay weddings in Utah on Jan. 6, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes said in an e-mailed statement. The policy doesn’t affect benefits obtained before the high court ruled.
Meanwhile, NCLR is jumping into the game.
Noted LGBT legal organization National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will be joining as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. A text entry in the docket for the Tenth Circuit appeal reported the appearance of NCLR attorneys Shannon Minter and Kate Kendell: “Notice of appearance filed by Mr. Shannon Price Minter and Ms. Kathryn Kendell for Laurie Wood, Moudi Sbeity, Kody Partridge, Derek Kitchen, Kate Call and Karen Archer.” The case was filed initially by a Utah firm without assistance from noted LGBT legal groups.
If the 10th Circuit rules in our favor, will the stay be lifted once again, or will we have to wait until the case proceeds to the Supreme Court?