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BREAKING: Federal Govt. Will Recognize Utah's Same-Sex Marriages

The Justice Department of the Obama administration has announced that the U.S. federal government will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah prior to the Supreme Court issued "stay" on same-sex marriages in the state as the ruling to allow same-sex marriages goes through the Federal Appeals court. 

That means federal recognition will be given to the approximately 1,360 same-sex couples that married between Dec. 20, 2013 and Monday, Jan 6.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder states in a video released Friday morning:

Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision – in United States v. Windsor – holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law. This ruling marked a historic step toward equality for all American families. And since the day it was handed down, the Department of Justice has been working tirelessly to implement it in both letter and spirit – moving to extend federal benefits to married same-sex couples as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

Recently, an administrative step by the Court has cast doubt on same-sex marriages that have been performed in the state of Utah. And the governor has announced that the state will not recognize these marriages pending additional Court action.

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. In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled – regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages. And we will continue to provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

 

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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The many satellites I’ve melted over the past years can all cool down now, and your facebook Newsfeed can begin to unclog! This video* is my final word on the topic of marriage equality in Pennsylprejudice. *Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78uN_TxnnSA

We’re trusting that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon strike down as federally-unconstitutional the heterosexual-supremacist ban of my marriage in our home state of Pennsylprejudice.

"Deep in our hearts, we do believe that we shall overcome the evil lethal myth of heterosexual-supremacy that dominates life and law in Pennsylprejudice." ~ Revs. Timothy George Hare RA MA Architect and Earl David Ball, M.Div, S.T.M.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZcpH-q_GXg
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http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/tim-earl-after-37-years-we-cant...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AspOUPndy8
http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/Same-sex-couples-wed...
http://www.wfmz.com/news/PA-gay-marriage-ban-injunction-sought/-/121458/...
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/22726734/gay-pride-parade-celebrates-suprem...
http://easton.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easton-couple-says-same-sex...
http://www.elucidator.net/eastons-power-couples-28

Animated map of the spread of the legal enshrinement of the evil myth of heterosexual-supremacy across the USA from 1973 to 2014: 
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