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AG: Mass. Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

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Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in Utah before they were put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said on Thursday that it believes marriages in Utah were validly performed and should be recognized in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage on Dec. 20, but within weeks the U.S. Supreme Court halted the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Utah officials then said they would not recognize weddings that occurred during the interim period.

A spokesman for the group MassEquality says Massachusetts is the second state, joining Delaware, to announce it would recognize Utah marriages.

The federal government has also said it will recognize the weddings.

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