You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

U.S.

  • Large freighter runs aground, gets stuck in Duluth
    The largest freighter on the Great Lakes was stuck for about three hours after it ran aground near Bayfront Park in Duluth.  WDIO-TV reports the 1,000-foot Paul R.
  • Security breach prompts more White House security
    The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after an embarrassing breach in which a man with a knife scaled a fence, ran across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents stopped him.
  • Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growing
     POLLOCK PINES, Calif. – As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structured had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said.
Advertisement

Feds recognize same-sex couples in Utah

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold.

Holder’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples.

The attorney general said families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while the courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah.

More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from local clerks after a federal judge overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20. Utah voters approved the ban in 2004.

On Thursday, the nation’s largest gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, had asked the federal government to act.

Advertisement