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ACLU: marriages of same-sex couples are valid, enforceable

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The ACLU of Utah sent Attorney General Sean Reyes a letter explaining the reasons that the more than 1,000 marriages of same-sex couples performed in Utah are valid and enforceable.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The ACLU of Utah sent Attorney General Sean Reyes a letter explaining the reasons that the more than 1,000 marriages of same-sex couples performed in Utah are valid and enforceable.

The ACLU says they must be recognized by the state and federal governments.

The letter says although Reyes suggests these marriages are in “legal limbo,” these couples were married and were given rights that cannot be retroactively invalidated by the state.

"When these couples married, they immediately obtained all of the same protections and obligations enjoyed by all of the other married couples in Utah," said John Mejia, Legal Director of the ACLU of Utah.

"Because these rights were vested when they were married, they are protected by the due process guarantees of the Utah and United States Constitutions," he continued.

"To refuse to recognize these marriages would be at odds with the couple's vested rights. And, as Utah itself has recognized before the Supreme Court, to try to retroactively invalidate these marriages would be an affront to the dignity and financial well-being of these couples and their families. It is for these reasons that we have urged the Utah Attorney General to recognize these marriages and not consider any attempt to 'unwind' them," he concluded.

Click here to read the entire letter. 

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