A missive has come down from Governor Gary Herbert, which seems to be setting the stage for even more legal challenges:

ben BREAKING: Utah Will Not Be Recognizing Existing Same Sex Marriages

 

Part of the letter reads as follows:

With the district court injunction now stayed, the original laws governing marriage in Utah return to effect pending final resolution by the courts. It is important to understand that those laws include not only a prohibition of performing same-sex marriages but also recognizing same-sex marriages.

Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice. Please understand this position is not intended to comment on the legal status of those same-sex marriages – that is for the courts to decide. The intent of this communication is to direct state agency compliance with current laws that prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Wherever individuals are in the process of availing themselves of state services related to same-sex marital status, that process is on hold and will stay exactly in that position until a final court decision is issued. For example, if a same-sex married couple previously changed their names on new drivers licenses, those licenses should not be revoked. If a same-sex couple seeks to change their names on drivers licenses now, the law does not allow the state agency to recognize the marriage therefore the new drivers licenses cannot be issued.

So now, some Utah same-sex couples have more rights than others. It just depends on fast they moved, apparently.

Oh, these bumps in the road, and oh, the taxpayer money that will be spent delaying the inevitable. These are your “fiscal conservatives,” America. It’s a shameful decision, but as we’ve proven, we’ll fight harder, and we’ll win.

[h/t Joe]

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