BREAKING: Utah Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Peformed Before SCOTUS Ruling
The news continues to deteriorate out of Utah, where Gov. Gary Herbert's office has just nulled and voided all marriages of same-sex couples that occurred during the brief window when they were deemed legal.
An excerpt of the letter just issued by the Governor's office reads:
Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice. Please understand this position is not intended to comment on the legal status of those same-sex marriages – that is for the courts to decide. The intent of this communication is to direct state agency compliance with current laws that prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. Wherever individuals are in the process of availing themselves of state services related to same-sex marital status, that process is on hold and will stay exactly in that position until a final court decision is issued. For example, if a same-sex married couple previously changed their names on new drivers licenses, those licenses should not be revoked. If a same-sex couple seeks to change their names on drivers licenses now, the law does not allow the state agency to recognize the marriage therefore the new drivers licenses cannot be issued.
Will Utah's debacle encounter the same fate as Prop 8?