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Maryland to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah

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The state of Maryland will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah as legal, according to a report. The news came as many newly performed same-sex marriages in Utah are in legal doubt. After the Supreme Court issued its stay of the federal district court’s decision requiring Utah to recognize and perform the marriages, state officials said that recognition of the marriages was “on hold”. Officials later said they’d mail out marriage certificates to couples who had their marriages properly performed before the stay went into effect, though that didn’t affect the legal status of the marriages at issue.

The move also followed an announcement from United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, when his office said that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah as valid marriages for purposes of federal benefits.

Maryland’s attorney general spoke to the Washington Blade about the state’s decision:

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler on Friday said his state would recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah.

“Maryland will continue to recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages as we continue to strengthen the Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law,” said Gansler. “It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for full marriage equality in this country remains in headlines and courtrooms.”

Gansler told the Washington Blade his office on Thursday received a call from a gay Maryland couple who married in Utah about whether the state would recognize their union.
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“We’ve just said of course based on our previous opinion, we of course would welcome those couples here,” Gansler told the Blade. “Public policy would dictate that least in those 18 states (in which nuptials for gays and lesbians are legal) the marriages from Utah would be recognized.”

Seventeen other states have passed laws requiring marriage equality. The Utah case, Kitchen v. Herbert, is on appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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6 Comments

  • 1. grod  |  January 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Connecticut recognizes Utah's SSMs. Who is next? http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/jepsen-conn

  • 2. Stefan  |  January 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Maine is now onboard:
    http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?top

  • 3. Nyx  |  January 14, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Iowa is also on board;
    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politic

    [Although the Supreme Court put Utah’s same-sex marriages on hold through a stay, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said, the order did not invalidate marriages that were entered into.

    “Since some 1,300 same-sex marriages in Utah were validly entered into at the time and Iowa law recognizes valid marriages in other states, Iowa law would recognize those marriages as valid,” Miller said in his statement.]

  • 4. Equality On TrialSeveral &hellip  |  January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    […] Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson reports that Washington and Maine will join Maryland in recognizing same-sex marriages performed in Utah as […]

  • 5. grod  |  January 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Nyx Maine, Washington, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland and Massachusetts.

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