Utah GOP leaders not ready to weigh in on federal marriage fight

Utah Republican leaders stand strongly behind traditional marriage but say it is too early to decide whether the state should jump into federal court opposing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the national Defense of Marriage Act.

Meanwhile, a state Senate Democrat says he sees no reason for Utah to get involved — except for political reasons.

Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against the federal law.

All Massachusetts citizens "are entitled to equal treatment under the laws regardless of whether they are gay or straight," she said.

Massachusetts was the first state to recognize gay marriage. And Coakley added that the 16,000 gay couples married in her state are being denied rights — first, because those marriages are not recognized by other states, and second, because gay couples in her state are being unlawfully denied federal spousal benefits.

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