Massachusetts to recognize Utah gay marriages

Jan 16 2014 - 4:04pm

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 In this Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, Heather, left, and Jax Collins of West Jordan join hundreds of other same-sex couples descending on county clerk offices around the state of Utah including the Salt Lake County office to request marriage licenses. The Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)
 In this Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, Heather, left, and Jax Collins of West Jordan join hundreds of other same-sex couples descending on county clerk offices around the state of Utah including the Salt Lake County office to request marriage licenses. The Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)

BOSTON -- Massachusetts will recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in Utah before they were put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said on Thursday that it believes marriages in Utah were validly performed and should be recognized in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

A federal judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage on Dec. 20, but within weeks the U.S. Supreme Court halted the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Utah officials then said they would not recognize weddings that occurred during the interim period.

A spokesman for the group MassEquality says at least four other states have also indicated they will recognize Utah marriages.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week the federal government would recognize the weddings.

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