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Utah Gay Marriages Recognized Federally, But Not in State

Pending Court Rulings
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department says it will recognize same-sex marriages performed for a short period in Utah, for federal purposes.

The state of Utah has already said it will not recognize those same marriages.

About 1,000 gay and lesbian couples tied the knot after a federal judge ruled last month that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court later blocked enforcement of that ruling until the issue is fully resolved in court.

A federal appeals court could hold oral arguments as soon as March.

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