Same-sex couples legally married in Utah or any other state can file state tax returns as spouses, even though Utah's governor is still refusing to legally recognize the marriages that took place.
Oklahoma Republicans who helped enact the state's ban on same-sex marriage say a federal judge's ruling striking down that ban unfairly overrules the will of the voters.
Brian Fischer contends that gay people marrying opposite-sex spouses counts as equal rights, and that Judeo-Christian opposition to equality will remain steadfast — forever.
The state's House Judiciary Committee heard arguments against and in favor of amending the state constitution to prohibit any recognition of same-sex relationships, but did not take a vote on the issue.
Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones spent 46 years together, raised a son, welcomed a granddaughter and finally, last summer, got married.
Doña Ana county clerk Lynn Ellins issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state last August, and is now donating to a statewide marriage equality organization the leftover funds he raised to help pay his legal fees.
The proposed constitutional amendment would ban not only same-sex marriage, but any 'substantially similar' legal status providing recognition to couples not comprised of one man and one woman.