Herbert tells state agencies to stop recognizing same sex marriages

By ABC 4 News

Published 01/08 2014 10:52AM

Updated 01/08 2014 04:45PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- The state of Utah will not recognize the more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in the wake of a Supreme Court-issued stay on its legalization in the state, according to Governor Gary Herbert's office.

In a letter issued to his cabinet Wednesday morning, Herbert's chief of staff Derek Miller wrote that "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."

On Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah's amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state was unconstitutional. The ruling spurred hundreds of same sex couples in the state to get marriage licenses across the state. That abruptly came to a halt on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the ruling while Utah's appeal makes its way through the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The letter further explained that the decision to not recognize the same-sex marriages that took place since Dec. 20 is "not intended to comment on the legal status of those same-sex marriages -- that is for the courts to decide."

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