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Utah governor will follow Supreme Court ruling on marriage recognition

Friday, July 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says if the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to extend an order preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits, Utah will recognize the marriages.

Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Herbert’s spokesman Marty Carpenter said Friday that the governor has said Utah will abide by any final ruling but he believes the larger legal challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage ban should be settled first.

Utah appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in an offshoot lawsuit concerning 1,000 gay couples who married after Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned last year.

The Supreme Court halted the weddings in January, but those who had already married are now seeking benefits such as child custody.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Utah had until July 21 to recognize the marriages.

Follow this case: Evans v. Utah.

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