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Several more states will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah

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The Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson reports that Washington and Maine will join Maryland in recognizing same-sex marriages performed in Utah as legal.

Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, and Maine’s attorney general, Janet Mills, confirmed the decision.

The Supreme Court stayed recognition of Utah’s same-sex marriages pending the outcome of the Tenth Circuit appeal, creating a situation that has left many same-sex marriages (some reports have the number at well over a thousand) in legal doubt. The state considers the marriages “on hold”, and has not directly addressed whether they’re valid under state law, leaving that decision ultimately up to the courts. And the ACLU of Utah is filing a class-action lawsuit to ensure the marriages are fully recognized by the state.

Massachusetts’ attorney general, Martha Coakley, said she has no comment on the situation. And Washington DC’s mayor is consulting with the District’s attorney general on the issue.

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9 Comments

  • 1. klien  |  January 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

    California?….Jerry Brown?

  • 2. bythesea  |  January 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Well, Kamela Harris (AG) is probably who we'd hear from.

  • 3. MmM  |  January 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Definitely a yes from Kamala Harris

  • 4. bythesea  |  January 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Gah… misspelled her name.

  • 5. Mark  |  January 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Is 2 more now considered "several"?

  • 6. Straight Ally #3008  |  January 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I'm surprised that Coakley wasn't one of the first out of the gate…must just need more time. I hope that Chris Christie doesn't direct his AG not to recognize Utah marriages, just to be a penis.

  • 7. grod  |  January 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Mark – Connecticut as well: http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/jepsen-conn

  • 8. grod  |  January 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Mark Several now includes Massachusetts: http://www.chron.com/news/article/AG-Mass-will-re

  • 9. grod  |  January 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Mark Several now includes Delaware http://www.chron.com/news/article/AG-Mass-will-re… [ast line]

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