Saturday, January 11
(Washington, DC) -- The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah, despite state efforts to quash them. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement in a video statement. The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah, pending an appeal of a lower court ruling overturning Utah's ban on the practice. More than one thousand same-sex couples got married in Utah since the lower court ruling last month. Holder said they will be able to access federal benefits that are available to other same-sex marriages.