Utah Defends Freezing Benefits for Gay Couples

Published on March 13, 2014 at 11:02AM

Utah state attorneys tell a federal judge that it is reasonable to freeze all benefits for newly married gay couples because their rights are not vested until an appeal court rules on the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Sate attorneys also argued Wednesday that more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in December knew the ruling that briefly made same-sex unions legal may be challenged. Wednesday’s hearing in Salt Lake City was to address a lawsuit brought in January by four gay and lesbian couples against the state of Utah. Their attorneys tell the judge that the court should force the state to move forward with benefits. They say the couples are legally married and have a right to accompanying benefits no matter what the appeals court rules on the state gay marriage ban.