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.
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.
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.
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