The first gay couple to wed in the U.S. was welcomed into the state’s capital this week by the governor and a handful of lawmakers.
A wedding ceremony in Salt Lake City was held at the Utah Capitol on Monday afternoon.
A reception was held for the newlyweds at the Salt Lake Marriott Hotel.
Spencer Cox announced the couple’s marriage at the Capitol, where he praised them as “two brave souls who chose to give up their lives to live out their dreams and their dreams together.”
The couple’s arrival comes at a time when Utah is grappling with the gay marriage issue.
In June, Utah became the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, although gay marriage remains illegal in Utah.
The governor also announced the appointment of two other state officials to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The commission is responsible for overseeing the state judicial system, including appointing attorneys for civil and criminal cases.
Gary Herbert said in a statement Monday afternoon that the couple, whose names have not been released, “were fortunate to find a way to celebrate this moment together in the most intimate setting imaginable.”
He said the couple will continue to be closely monitored by the commission, which will continue its work and work to make Utah the “most welcoming and inclusive place for all people.”
The governor said the governor will continue the governor’s ongoing campaign to increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The announcement comes as the state struggles with the state Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in June.
Herbert said Tuesday he intends to ask the Utah Supreme Court to review that decision.
The Utah Supreme Courts decision legalized same sex marriage, which is a constitutional right, but the governor said he does not intend to go back to the federal level and appeal the case.