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State will not recognize same-sex marriages

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Thousands of same-sex couples now know exactly where the state of Utah stands on the validity of their marriages.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Thousands of same-sex couples now know exactly where the state of Utah stands on the validity of their marriages.

Wednesday, the state made it clear those marriages performed will not be recognized.

After coming to that conclusion the Governor's Office sent a letter to state agencies offering some direction on how to proceed from here.

"The stay issued by the Supreme Court effectively puts on hold the recognition of same-sex marriages that were performed in the state of Utah," said Derek Miller, Chief of Staff with the Governor’s Office.

Essentially, the state is reverting back to the law before 10th Circuit Judge, John Shelby ruled Amendment 3 is unconstitutional.

The ultimate decision is still in the hands of the courts.

The case sits in the Court of Appeals now and could end up with the United States Supreme Court.

"It’s important to note we are not commenting on the legal status of these marriages, that's for the courts to decide. We are commenting on the responsibilities state agencies have to obey the law and that law says you shall not recognize same-sex marriages," said Miller.

There are some notable exceptions, if a married couple executed changes before the stay was issued, those are still valid.

For example, if one spouse had already changed their name on a driver’s license it will not be revoked.

Also, if a couple jointly filed taxes before the stay was issued the state will also recognize that, according to Miller.

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