Rod Boshart
Published: January 13 2014 | 4:32 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:03 am in

The leader of the Human Rights Campaign -- the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – Monday called on Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to recognize legal Utah marriages. Same-sex couples in Utah were legally empowered to marry from Dec. 20 to Jan.6, when the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court’s decision while it is on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. “The U.S. government has made it clear the 1,360 Utah couples who married during after a federal judge said they could, are indeed married and they should be afforded every right and responsibility of marriage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Attorney General Miller should follow the leadership of AG Holder and affirm these married couples are equal.” In a statement Iowa Attorney General Miller said Iowa law recognizes a marriage performed in another state, provided that the marriage is valid in that state. Although the U.S. Supreme Court put Utah’s same-sex marriages on hold through a stay, Miller said, the order did not invalidate marriages that were entered into in Utah during the period of time in which the district court's order legalizing same-sex marriages was in place. “Since some 1,300 same-sex marriages in Utah were validly entered into at the time and Iowa law recognizes valid marriages in other states, Iowa law would recognize those marriages as valid,” Miller said in his statement.

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