- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Legally married gay couples may jointly file their 2013 state income tax returns in Utah, the state’s tax commission announced Thursday.

The commission had previously issued a statement saying it would not allow joint filing of state returns by same-sex couples married outside of Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. That was before U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage on Dec. 20.

The judge’s decision prompted many counties to begin issuing marriage licenses, but the state then appealed to the Supreme Court.

“Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice,” Gov. Gary Herbert’s Chief of Staff Derek Miller wrote in a letter to cabinet officials.

Now, Utah will not recognize the hundreds of same-sex marriages that were temporarily allowed during that time, but it will allow for joint filings for this year only. The Utah tax agency did not immediately explain its reversal Thursday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“Same-sex couples whose marriages were performed in Utah pursuant to the federal district court’s order between Dec. 20, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, or whose marriages were solemnized in other states before Dec. 31, 2013, may file individual State income returns as ‘married,’” said Charlie Roberts, spokesperson for the Tax Commission.

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