Target: Attorney General Eric Holder
Goal: Thank Attorney General Eric Holder for extending federal recognition to Utah same-sex marriages
Utah, like many states, is currently defining its stance on same-sex marriage. For a long time, the state constitution banned gay marriages. Recently, a federal judge ruled that Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was discriminatory, which meant that same-sex couples could start getting married.
More than 1,000 same-sex couples are now married in the eyes of the Utah government. Or they were, at least. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah until the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule on the issue. For the thousand-plus same-sex couples that were married during the brief window of eligibility, the status of their relationship has been in question. Until now. Attorney General Eric Holder recently extended federal recognition to these marriages.
Thank Attorney General Eric Holder for graciously extending federal recognition to all of the couples who, until recently, were unsure of the status of their relationship. It is hard enough for same-sex couples to live in states that do not legally allow them to get married. It is even harder for those who have the chance to get married, but then are told that their marriage licenses might not even be valid.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s actions mean that all of the already married same-sex couples in Utah will receive federal recognition and all the rights that that entails concerning their relationship. This kind of security is absolutely critical for same-sex couples. Thank Attorney General Eric Holder from the bottom of your heart for being courageous enough to address this issue and to make the right call.
Dear Attorney General Eric Holder,
Thank you so much for extending federal recognition to all of the same-sex couples that were married in Utah recently. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered new same-sex marriages to stop until the legality of the situation is clarified, but it means a lot to all of the same-sex couples that were married to have their relationships legally validated in the meantime.
Your efforts are just the tip of the iceberg, of course. Hopefully one day federal recognition will be granted to all same-sex couples, regardless of which state they live in, but your actions have made the struggle of over 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah a lot easier.
It is my dearest hope that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals makes the right call, too, by refusing to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage. Denying same-sex couples the right to get married is, after all, clear discrimination. Until this matter can be resolved, though, at least already married same-sex couples in Utah can have a little peace of mind knowing that they will receive the rights and provisions of any married couple.
Without people like you, this fight would be so much harder. Thank you for your courageous work.
[Your Name Here]
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