Federal Government will continue benefits for Utah same-sex married couples

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, the state of Utah might not recognize same-sex marriages, but the Federal government will.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made that announcement Friday.

“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,” said Holder.

Close to 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah got hitched last month when a federal judge ruled it was OK to do so. But state officials had a big problem with that and appealed, so the Supreme Court blocked the ruling for now as the appeals process plays out.

But the folks in D.C. say if you’re married, you’re married.

“These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds,” said Holder.

Of course, that means same-sex couples are only eligible for Federal benefits. But it’s better than nothin’.

It’s progress, right?