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Judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban



Published: Fri, December 20, 2013 @ 6:12 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban today in a decision that brings a growing shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

The Salt Lake County clerk's office started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing the licenses but she couldn't immediately say how many have been issued so far.

Just hours earlier, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Judge Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way.

"In the absence of such evidence, the State's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State's refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens," Judge Shelby wrote.


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1Attis(903 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Half the states in America, including Ohio, do not allow first-cousin marriages, a practice that every culture throughout human history embraced. But now we are supposed to accept same-sex unions as marriage, something absolutely no culture in all of human history did. This is progress? Absolutely not. A society that abandons the essential family (father, mother, children) has essentially just abandoned its foundation and children.

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276Ytown(1254 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Over and over we are seeing federal judges striking down laws passed by voters. It would appear that it is the voter's rights that are being suppressed.

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3PCisnotcorrect(33 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Then Obamacare should be illegal as "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States". 28th Amendment

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4PolishBear(1 comment)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Attis (above) writes, "A society that abandons the essential family (father, mother, children) has essentially just abandoned its foundation and children."

DEAR ATTIS:

What makes you think that allowing Gay couples to marry means that we are "abandoning" the family? Were you under the impression that the marriage equality movement was a sinister effort to make homosexuality compulsory for everyone? Did you think that if Gay people were denied the right to marry, we would simply stop being Gay? If so, you really ought to get to know some Gay people.

Let me reassure you: For people who are Straight (i.e. heterosexual), absolutely nothing is happening to the institution of marriage. Nothing is being "redefined." The human population will always be predominantly Straight, and they will continue to date, get engaged, marry, and build lives and families together as they always have. None of that is going to change when Gay couples decide to tie the knot also.

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5RoddAC(94 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Fight it all you want...it's coming. Hurrah for Utah!!! Next state step up, please. Thank you! Hey, almost like abolishing the hate and ignorance of slavery, huh?

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