Freedom to Marry Applauds Administration’s Respect for Couples Married in Utah


Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry

Washington, DC – Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government would respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples in Utah, estimated to be over 1,000.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“The Attorney General’s determination that the federal government must respect married same-sex couples in Utah as what they are -- married -- is lawful, predictable, and correct. Even though the 1000+ couples married in Utah are encountering unfair treatment and disrespect by their home state and the other remaining states that discriminate, these couples are as married as any couple on the planet. As cases move forward in Utah and numerous states around the country, Freedom to Marry will continue working until all couples share in the freedom to marry and all marriages are respected throughout the United States. 

“We applaud the Attorney General and the Administration for their fidelity to the law, the freedom to marry, and the Constitution’s command of equality.”


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.