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Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Gay Marriages

Well, we’ve come a long way in our “evolution” on this issue. President Obama is now overruling a state’s wishes on gay marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that the federal government would recognize gay marriages performed in Utah – unions the state has refused to recognize while the courts decide whether to allow further same-sex marriages.

In a video posted on the Justice Department’s website, Holder said:

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 in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages. And we will continue to provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Same sex marriage in deeply conservative Utah became an issue when a federal district judge ruled in December that the state constitution’s ban violated the U.S. Constitution.

Immediately, same-sex marriages took off in the state, but were halted when the Supreme Court issued a stay of the lower court’s ruling. At that point, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said the state would not recognize the marriages that had occurred until its appeal of the district court judge’s ruling was decided.

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33 Responses to Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Gay Marriages

      • “States Rights” = time to re-fight the ‘Civil War’…???
        (if you like “States Rights” and understand the “US Constitution” then… you are a ‘racist, terrorist, etc.’ says Obama & Holder & todays Democrat-socialists…)

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  1. Essentially, Holder told the wise Latina that her ruling was for nought. And, that the Supreme Court has no place in this nation’s governance.

  2. After the General Election in November 2012, Obama said Holder would stay on for ‘about one year’ to avoid a mass exodus after the election. Another lie! If Reagan were alive today, he would be shocked to see his ‘shining city on a hill’ had turned into the Soviet Union Evil Empire redux.

    • And what about Holder’s intrusion into teacher discipline of students? Actually the Soviet Union’s–and Russia’s today–attitudes toward homosexuality and school room discipline–were strict. This is anarchy what the Obama administration is doing.

  3. If the “Constitutional scholar” knew anything about the Constitution, he would know that marriage laws are the prerogative of the states.

  4. Whetheryou agree with homosexual marriage or not, for the Federal government to overrule a state’s descisions for that state is wrong on all levels.
    I’m taking a page out of MooChow’s playbook…for the first time in my life I am ashamed of my government.

    • I’m not so sure the Federal gubbermint has overruled the state of Utah (yet), As best I can tell, the state does not recognize any same sex marriages and by law no same sex marriage can be conducted.

      Instead, it sounds like for those who in fact were married before the stay are in limbo (in the bubble) that the Federal gubbermint will recognize their marriages. State – no; Fed gubbermint – Yes

      It is an outward sign of the Administration stirring up their base and fringe groups to re-direct the focus on the terrible law & rollout of Obamacare and all other “distractions” that would prevent them from moving forward to a more progressive/socialist country.

  5. Well, hello Utah; Arizona welcomes you to the boat of racist, homophobe, and illegal status that EricHolder’s DOJ deems we must sit in.
    Your constitution and laws mean less to this adminstration than our Federal constitution and laws.

  6. Why does NO ONE in the “media”, especially FOX News, ever bring up ‘AG’ Holder and theRacist/anti-US Law B.S. he spews…???

    I DARE for someone in the “media” to look into Eric Holder and his ‘racist’/’biased’ legal decisions…???
    (re: Obama is a ‘racist’ AND Holder is the guy who supports Obama the ‘racist’)

  7. It’s getting bad.

    Operation American Spring. May 16. Washington, DC.

    Look it up, and then tell me with a straight face that a civil war is not at hand.

  8. OT. Remember when Hillary Clinton was running against Barack Obama? Well, seems now it is going to be very difficult to tell who will run — Hillary or Obama in drag. And if elected who will be elected Hillary or Obama in drag. There are a good number of “Obama people” including possibly Jim Messina willing to help with the Clinton SuperPac.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/10/pro-obama-group-beefs-up-ahead-of-any-clinton-2016-run/

    So, with Barack physically in WDC “because of the children”, and Hillary in the WH and Bill never far from money, cameras, or power looks like instead of getting the standard Clinton twofer we might get a three-fer. Gonna’ get crowded with Huma, ValJar, Reggie and God knows who Bill will find in a closet or ante room.

    Who knows about Mooch — whether she is playing or not. I suspect she will be chief Hollywood and Celeb fund raiser. Now with Oprah and a stop over in CA before she resumes her WH role as the Bearded First Lady. (sorry Jay)