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January 10, 2014 - 11:55 am
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The Supreme Court halted same-sex marriages in Utah while the state appeals a judge’s ruling in a lower court, and Utah has said it won’t recognize the more than 900 unions that took place after a district judge invalidated the state’s ban on gay marriage.

In a video message today, though, Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government will recognize the marriages.

The pledge follows a letter sent to Holder on Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group that maintained since the couples married legally they should have access to federal benefits.

“Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision – in United States v. Windsor – holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law. This ruling marked a historic step toward equality for all American families. And since the day it was handed down, the Department of Justice has been working tirelessly to implement it in both letter and spirit—moving to extend—federal benefits to married same-sex couples as swiftly and smoothly as possible,” Holder said.

“Recently, an administrative step by the court has cast doubt on same-sex marriages that have been performed in the state of Utah. And the governor has announced that the state will not recognize these marriages pending additional court action,” he added.

“In the meantime, I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages.  These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds. In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled – regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages.  And we will continue to provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Holder: "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds."

Sir Naps: "Americans should not be asked to endure uncertainty of Obamacare as the litigation(s) unfold."
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What's worse than "...uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds?"

Reliance upon a fake status that may be overturned when the litigation is settled.
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This tells you:

1) That the fix is probably in for the Supreme Court decision to uphold same-sex marriage;
2) That if the fix is not in, the lawless Obama administration will as usual do what it damn pleases;
3) That the executive branch, which has been ignoring the legislative branch at will, will also not be bound by the decisions of the judicial branch if it does not like them;
4) That the Administration's dismissal of 5 million people losing their health insurance as a "negligible number" is revealed in this act as the grossly political act you always knew it was---since it is bending over backwards, probably unnecessarily, for a few hundred people as opposed to 5 million.
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uptil I looked at the bank draft for $6923, I didn't believe ...that...my cousin was like actualy bringing in money in their spare time at there computar.. there friends cousin has been doing this for under 20 months and resantly paid for the loans on there house and purchased a top of the range Mazda MX-5. straight from the source star56.com
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but, but, but what if there were people waiting for that special (honeymoon) night to give themselves (virginity away) to their true love? they are ruined for life. oh the horror and wrongness of it all! virginity doesn't just grow back ya know, I guess. how does that work anyway...eh, never mind, don't wanna know.

the Mormons have already given up polygamy so they could join the Union. it was a real big deal to those Mormons. present day LDS's have excommunicated(?) and tried mightily to distance themselves from those who continue to practice it. now they are expected to throw all Scripture to the wind because a halfwit, gay, drug addicted commie from africa says so, and to join the new commie union of course, where the halfwits live forever!

little known factoid: the Mormons not so long ago had the lowest divorce rate in the world, by far. of late it has become about the same as the rest of the u.s. (go go feminist's divorce courts). you know, there are old teachings about how hard it is to live in the world, while not being of the world. wonder would Joseph or Brigham, or any of their Elders of old even recognize the Church anymore? what's next, gay priests? logically speaking, its only a matter of time if this road is traveled.

guess the Constitution doesn't protect the Churches from the state as well as it protects the state from the Churches.
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Holder is right. You wouldn't want to be worried that the illegal thing you've done might be ruled illegal while you're waiting for the court to decide whether it's illegal.

Perish the thought.....
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The "legal marriage license" is a sham, whether straight or gay. I am a 61 year old happily married straight female & the fact that I am "legally married" doesn't mean sh!t to me. It's the emotional commitment between me & my Husband that matters to me personally. I also could care less who else gets married, straight or gay...it's their business, NOT mine. When we grow up (as a nation) & tell the Gubermint to GET OUT of the "marriage business", we will ALL be better off. The Gubermint has NO BUSINESS in the marriage business!!
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Answer: never. You think any of these meddlers really want LESS government in marriage? The whole point of this bogus "equality" movement is to give government more control over our lives in every way, including defining marriage, forcing others to accept the sodomites' counterfeits of it (and bake cakes for those totalitarian perverts), and taxing and regulating the real thing to death while encouraging divorce. The more alienated and atomized people are, the easier they will be to control.
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NOT ONE news item has mentioned that the State of Utah will be refunding the Marriage License Fees they STOLE...oh wait...this is a Gubermint entity...no REFUNDS!!
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This is about the same as if Rutherford Hayes had appointed Jesse James attorney general.
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Polygamy too?
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Brian FitzGerald, polygamy would likely still be legal in Utah, but the Federal Gubermint had a problem with it.
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What Tenth Amendment??
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Holder: "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds."

Sir Naps: "Americans should not be asked to endure uncertainty of Obamacare as the litigation(s) unfold."
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Concerning your Holder quote, so one relationship conceived in sodomy makes a family now? (Well they wanted it, some of them anyway; who knows how many of them never gave a damn.)

Take that Abe Lincoln, you old-fashioned whizzer.
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