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July 31, 2014

DOJ Will Grant Benefits to Married Gay Utah Couples

TPM reports that “the U.S. Department of Justice will grant federal marriage benefits to the roughly 1,000 gay couples in Utah who got married during the brief window recently when it was illegal.”

In his statement, Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the recent Supreme Court’s decision to halt Utah’s same-sex marriages pending appeal: “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. These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”

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