ACLU sues Utah for not recognizing gay marriages

3:46 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Utah, saying the decision to stop granting benefits for newly married same-sex couples has created wrenching uncertainty.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.

A spokesman for Gov. Gary Herbert says the governor is following the law.

Four married gay and lesbian couples in the lawsuit cited a range of concerns that include emergency medical decision-making and child-raising.

The four couples are among more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples rushed to marry after a federal judge in Utah overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20. The weddings came to a halt on Jan. 6 when the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah an emergency stay.

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