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.

Maryland was the first state to declare the marriages legal.