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Utah AG instructs county clerks to finish gay marriage paperwork

Thursday, January 9, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is directing county clerks to complete the paperwork for any same-sex marriages completed before Supreme Court halted the weddings on Monday.

Sean Reyes

Sean Reyes

Reyes’ spokeswoman Missy Larsen says the office is notifying counties Thursday afternoon.

More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from local clerks after a federal judge overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20.

In Weber County, about 30 couples married before the ruling, but their marriage certificates were not completed after county attorneys said to put them on hold.

Larsen says Reyes’ new directive was issued to clear up some confusion and only applies to marriages that were solemnized.

She says Utah is still not recognizing same-sex marriages or making a final ruling on their validity.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Because, this man knows what is coming next!!! The state of Utah is going to be told…in Utah you DO!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:06pm
  2. on the right side of history

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:13pm
  3. I get the impression the supreme court has given a little hint to Utah about the outcome of this farce.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:17pm
  4. Any marriage solemnized after the district judge struck down the ban is valid under federal law, I believe. The stay does not invalidate those marriages. It just means that no more marriages can be performed until resolved. This makes them eligible for federal recognition and benefits.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:19pm
  5. So the battle continues?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:19pm
  6. That is might Republican of them!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:20pm
  7. Well federal prison is so nice this time of year, he could make all sort of new friends, learn all sort of new skills…….

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:23pm
  8. They know what is coming. I hope the idiots in Indiana are paying attention to this. Equality will prevail so put your bibles down and ask the LGBT community for forgiveness. They deserve a full place at the table.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:28pm
  9. He knows what the court is going to say. He’s saving them from having to do it later.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:37pm
  10. Yes!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:38pm
  11. I’m sick and tied of seeing this AG’s ugly mug.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:59pm
  12. Because they were LEGALLY married! Exactly!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00pm
  13. assuming they are literate in Utah…

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:12pm
  14. Still waiting on ours from Washington County. Anybody else from down South?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:27pm
  15. He must’ve interned with our very own San Francisco’s Dennis Herrera:-):-)

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:56pm
  16. this is encouraging, I hope they dont expect to get their way

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:01am
  17. i shit in this men :poop: i feel embarrassment that this country be named country of first word, when socialy isnt

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:31am
  18. Welcome to the United States!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:37am
  19. He wants the clerks to finish the gay marriage paperwork so that the couples marriages will be recognized in other states where same-sex unions are legal. This way he can argue that this is all a state’s rights issue. If it becomes a state’s rights issue, he gets what he wants: not only for Utah to ban same-sex marriage, but to also to give the state of Utah the ability to not have to recognize the same-sex marriages it has already performed.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:19am
  20. EQUALITY FOR ALL!!! PERIOD!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:20am