Derek Miller, a staffer for Governor Herbert, put more than 1,300 Utah gay marriages 'on hold'. The method of putting same sex marriage equality 'on hold' was not a legal opinion, but rather a 'memo'. Peculiarly, not from the Utah Attorney General or from the Governor himself, but from a staffer.
Senator Jim Dabakis from SLC responded, "The practical issues are monumental when a Herbert staffer decrees that there are two levels of marriage in Utah. For example, the state tax commission has to deal with our states non-recognition of marriage equality. Since the basis of state income tax is the federal return, the state now demands married same sex couples separate out the joint federal tax returns. This effort has led to some very peculiar results. The Tax Commission has decreed that legally married same sex couples must file with Utah a "mock" federal tax return that separates the couple’s income.
“I will file a 'mock' federal tax return for the state – and I will pay in ‘mock’ dollars," Dabakis joked.
Senator Dabakis continued, "Last week, legally married gay state employees, who were offered the same insurance benefits offered to other married state employees, were told today that the state will 'review' their spouse’s health insurance."
“Apparently, every other married member of the Utah legislature can offer health insurance to their spouse--except me. I would like a personal guarantee from the Governor (or his staffer Mr. Miller) that I and, more importantly, all other state employees will be treated equally and that our married spouses will be respected, whatever the Governor's personal feelings.”