D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday said
that it was his opinion that D.C. should recognize the marriages of
some 1,300 gay and lesbian couples performed in Utah.
According to gay weekly the Washington
Blade, Gray gave his opinion on the matter in the course of
responding to a question from Rick Rosendall, president of Gay and
Lesbian Activists Alliance.
“I'll talk to Irv Nathan about it,”
Gray answered during a meeting of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club,
a reference to D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan. “But my
position would be unequivocally that we ought to do that.”
The marriages were conducted during a
17 day window bookended by a federal judge's ruling striking down
Utah's marriage ban and the Supreme Court putting the judge's order
on hold pending the outcome of an appeal.
Last week, Utah officials said they
were putting the marriages “on hold.” On Friday, the Obama
administration said that the federal government would recognize the
marriages for purposes of federal benefits.
was the first state to declare the marriages legal.