Editor’s note: The title of this post originally read “‘Never seen anything like this’: Are Holder, DOJ openly defying Utah same-sex marriage ruling?”. The title and text have been amended for clarification. While the governor’s office said it would not recognize the marriages, the issue of recognition was not part of the SCOTUS decision.

If there was any remaining doubt that the Obama administration considers itself above the law, this might take care of it:

This past Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on Utah’s recently-overturned ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the governor’s office announced that it would not recognize the same-sex marriages that had taken place while the ban was overturned.

But today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, despite the state’s stance on the Supreme Court’s action, the federal government would recognize all same-sex marriages performed in Utah:

Can they do that?