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BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Update: Attorney General's office says it is seeking a stay and will appeal
Friday, December 20, 2013

Updated: 11:15 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

The decision set off an immediate frenzy as the clerk in the state’s most populous county began issuing marriage licenses to dozens of gay couples while state officials took steps to appeal the ruling and halt the process.

Kim Raff, APRuth Hackford-Peer, right, and Kim Hackford-Peer, standing next to her, are married by Rev. Curtis Price, left, while hugging their two children Riley Hackford-Peer, back middle, and Casey Hackford-Peer, bottom middle, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

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Ruth Hackford-Peer, right, and Kim Hackford-Peer, standing next to her, are married by Rev. Curtis Price, left, while hugging their two children Riley Hackford-Peer, back middle, and Casey Hackford-Peer, bottom middle, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

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Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis, left, and his partner Stephen Justesen, right, are married by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, center, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

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Michael Ferguson leans in to kiss his husband, J. Seth Anderson, right, after they were married at the Salt Lake County offices, Friday Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. With them are friends Jeff Anderson, left, Blake Ferguson, and Danielle Morgan. Ferguson and Anderson were the first couple to be married under the now legal same-sex marriage decision handed down by a federal judge just hours before their ceremony.

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Mimi Flower, left, and Julie Kay kiss while Flower fills out an application for a marriage license while waiting in a long line outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

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Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Cheers erupted as the mayor of Salt Lake City led one of the state’s first gay wedding ceremonies in an office building about three miles from the headquarters of the Mormon church.

Deputy Salt Lake County Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples but she couldn’t immediately say how many had been issued.

Just hours earlier, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying the constitutional amendment Utah voters approved in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. 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,” Shelby wrote.

The decision drew a swift and angry reaction from Utah leaders, including Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.

“I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting attorney general to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah,” Herbert said.

Late Friday, the state filed both a notice of appeal of the ruling and a request for an emergency stay that would stop marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples. It’s unknown when the judge will make a decision on whether to grant the stay.

“It will probably take a little bit of time to get everything in place,” said Ryan Bruckman, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. He said the judge told the attorney general’s office it would be a couple of days before any request for an emergency stay would be reviewed.

The ruling has thrust Shelby into the national spotlight less than two years after Congress approved his nomination to the federal bench. He was appointed by President Barack Obama after GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch recommended him in November 2011.

Shelby served in the Utah Army National Guard from 1988 to 1996 and was a combat engineer in Operation Desert Storm. He graduated from the University of Virginia law school in 1998 and clerked for the U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene in Utah, then spent about 12 years in private practice before he became a judge.

In his ruling, Shelby wrote that the right to marry is a fundamental right protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“These rights would be meaningless if the Constitution did not also prevent the government from interfering with the intensely personal choices an individual makes when that person decides to make a solemn commitment to another human being,” Shelby wrote.

Many similar challenges to same-sex marriage bans are pending in other states, but the Utah case has been closely watched because of the state’s history of staunch opposition to gay marriage as the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church said in a statement Friday that it stands by its support for “traditional marriage.”

“We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court,” the church said.

Not all Mormons were disappointed. A group called Mormons for Equality applauded the ruling, saying it was particularly sweet coming in “the heartland of our faith.”

The group has been among the leaders of growing movement among Mormons to push the church to teach that homosexuality isn’t a sin.

The Mormon church’s stance has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California’s short-lived same-sex-marriage ban, Proposition 8, in 2008. A church website launched this year encourages more compassion toward gays, and church leaders backed the Boy Scouts’ recent policy allowing gay youth.

The Utah ruling comes the same week New Mexico’s highest court legalized gay marriage after declaring it unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A new law passed in Hawaii last month now allows gay couples to marry there.

If the ruling stands, Utah would become the 18th state to allow gay marriages, said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide. That’s up from six before the U.S. Supreme Court last summer struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The District of Columbia also allows same-sex marriage.

“The momentum we are seeing is unprecedented in any human rights struggle,” Davidson said. “To have this fast a change in the law and in public opinion, is quite remarkable.”

State Sen. Jim Dabakis, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, was one of the first to get married in Salt Lake City with his longtime partner, Stephen Justesen.

“Do you, Jim, take Steven, to be your lawfully wedded spouse?” the mayor asked shortly before a celebration erupted.

Wedding ceremonies were being performed once every few minutes in the lobby of the clerk’s office, each one punctuated by hoots and hollers from the large crowd.

Brian Morris let out a loud yelp after getting married to his partner, who dissolved into tears.

“I’m so excited,” Morris yelled. “I love you.”

But at the Utah County clerk’s office in Provo, same sex-couples were denied marriage licenses.

Patsy Carter, 42, and her partner of eight years, 39-year-old Raylynn Marvel, said they went to the office immediately after hearing about the ruling but the clerk said they office was still reviewing the ruling and consulting with the county attorney.

Carter said the ruling was still a positive step and she believes Utah County, considered one of Utah’s most conservative, will eventually have to start granting licenses.

“If my marriage licenses could say, ‘Provo, Utah,’ that’s probably the most epic contradiction ever,” she said.

Utah’s lawsuit was brought by three gay and lesbian couples, including one that was legally married in Iowa and just wants that license recognized in Utah.

One of the couples that brought the case, Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, were roasting eggplants for a farmers market Saturday when their lawyer, Peggy Tomsic, called them with the news.

“We had a positive feeling after the hearing on Dec. 4, but it’s still a surprise to hear it,” Sbeity said. “We’re excited and happy and hopeful to see what happens what next.”

During the nearly four-hour hearing on the case, attorneys for the state argued that Utah’s law promotes the state’s interest in “responsible procreation” and the “optimal mode of child-rearing.” They also asserted it’s not the courts’ role to determine how a state defines marriage, and that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling doesn’t give same-sex couples the universal right to marry.

One of the other couples that brought the lawsuit, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, said they were elated.

“I’m just kind of in shock. My brother called and said, ‘When are you getting married?” said Wood, 58, an English professor Utah Valley University.

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  1. NO WAY!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:12pm
  2. Holy crap!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  3. EPIC!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  4. What does this mean?! D:

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  5. Never thought this could happen in my home State. Happy to be a Utahn.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  6. wtf?!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  7. Damn! Really!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  8. Wow!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  9. Shut up!! God, thank you!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  10. I live in Utah, and when I saw this, I almost screamed out of happiness. OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  11. Me to i was worried Utah would be last

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:29pm
  12. HOLY SHIT 2 STATES, IN 2 DAYS!! THAT’S A RECORD!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  13. Amazing!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  14. Is this April 1st?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  15. Wow this is awesome!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  16. You would think 2013 we wouldn’t have these issues !!! LOVE IS LOVE

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  17. Lots of people (woo oo) take it for a game (waa waa)

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:20pm
  18. Slavery? Would the Republican/Tea Baggers have done the "leave it up to the States to decide"? Would they have made a new but separate law for Blacks, to have Equal-but-Separate Rights? We know the current descendants of Republicans ancestors pointed to their Bibles claiming that God condoned Slavery and that it was their "right" and "freedom" to enslave another human being ... What they the Republican Bible Thumpers of the USA etc claim today about LGBT is the same thing their ancestors said about the Jews .... "that LGBT are taking over, and that they (the Religious Right Republicans) need to Take Back America. It didn't work then, and it will not work now. Change is evolving, and Republican/Teabagging/Religious Fundamentalists are going the way of becoming extinct!

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:33pm
  19. THIS IS THE WAY I FEEL if we pay taxes then let us live in the state and marry who we want if you don't give us our right's don't force the people to pay taxes .

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:36pm
  20. wow that is quite amazing

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  21. Awesome sauce. Now I can have four husbands in salt lake city.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:15pm
  22. lmao

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:30pm
  23. hahaha

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:32pm
  24. My Mormon relatives are just gonna LOVE this!

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:33pm
  25. Utah just got bitch slapped.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:15pm
  26. wow I loss that bet :) happy to lose though go UTAH

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:15pm
  27. WAT?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:15pm
  28. Kansas needs to make this happen

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  29. WOW

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  30. Marvelous!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  31. What’s this mean? :o is it good or bad? ,-,

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  32. GREAT!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  33. Huge deal.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:17pm
  34. Awesomeness. I’m Happy for everyone living in Utah!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:17pm
  35. Oh my banning rights based on sexuality illegal? Lol if only America the land of the free could just grant all their human rights. Love is love but hate is hate regardless of religious excuse

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:17pm
  36. AWESOME WOW

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:17pm
  37. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:17pm
  38. Awesome

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:18pm
  39. Awesome! Lets go Florida!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:18pm
  40. Living in Utah …. amazing!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:18pm
  41. CONGRATULATIONS, UTAH!!! LET’S GO 4-CORNERS!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:19pm
  42. Glad justice prevailed.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:19pm
  43. great news

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:19pm
  44. so in one week we have two states legalize same sex marriage? i’m gonna start cryin’, god bless this week! ^^

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:19pm
  45. Holy crap. Wow!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:20pm
  46. We will always have to fight no matter what the sercome stance are and we all stick together we can beat it

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:20pm
  47. HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!! Ok we cracked Utah! that’s it we won im done im out!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:20pm
  48. How are these sneaking up on us like this? Shouldn’t someone be live-tweeting them??

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:21pm
  49. They keep falling….fast!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:22pm
  50. No details on what this means yet, though.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:22pm
  51. That state is the hell for real… Property of mormon people try to control USA.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:22pm
  52. :-) wonderful!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:23pm
  53. Kate Memmott FUCK YES

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:24pm
  54. Well at least the judge has some common sense. More then I can say for the voters who wanted to ban same sex marriage!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:24pm
  55. Utah is the center of Anti Gay hate, it’s far from over.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:24pm
  56. nice :-)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:24pm
  57. Hell yes!!!!!! We live in utah!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:25pm
  58. How can a group of people who’s religion in some sects allows multiple wives be opposed to another group being allowed to marry? You would think they would support non traditional marriage in an effort to allow their religion the same right.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:26pm
  59. First the downstairs neighbor, now next door. Come on Colorado! :)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:26pm
  60. Go,go,go Utah!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:27pm
  61. Yes!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:27pm
  62. Now this needs to happen in North Carolina

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:27pm
  63. So does this mean gay marriage is legal in Utah now?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:27pm
  64. yay finally Utah

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:28pm
  65. Nice!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:29pm
  66. I would never want multiple husbands or multiple sister wives, but I’m happy to see those who want to can. :D

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:29pm
  67. Awww good

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:29pm
  68. What does this mean? I believe this mean that it no longer has the ban but that same sex marriage is still illegal,I believe it leaves Utah as something similar to WV,Wyoming,Penn and Indiana.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:30pm
  69. YES!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:30pm
  70. WTH did i just read?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:31pm
  71. Yay!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:31pm
  72. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:31pm
  73. Woo hoo!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:32pm
  74. They will make marriage legal now

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:33pm
  75. Utah!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:34pm
  76. Make way for the REAL sister wives…..

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:36pm
  77. Big first step :-)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:39pm
  78. If only Louisiana would

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:41pm
  79. ...waiting...waiting...waiting...was so excited to see that same sex benefits were offered to Shreveport City employees...

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:54pm
  80. Even if hurts... we must face the truth: Louisiana will be one of the last to stand, regardind same-sex marriage ban.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:02pm
  81. Same with Georgia.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:07pm
  82. well, no gay wants to live in either state...

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:14pm
  83. Get a different Governor and you may have rights in LA!

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:03pm
  84. Good luck with that Shaun...I grew up there, near Lafayette...

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:12pm
  85. And Tennessee

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:41pm
  86. As goes Utah, so goes the nation.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:42pm
  87. I’m in disbelief! Is this real?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:44pm
  88. Lmfao Keith Funk

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:45pm
  89. HOW SICK…..GROSS…..

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:49pm
  90. Wait but didn’t they allow polygamy first. Sigh

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:50pm
  91. We went through this in Calif.: It’s up, it’s down, it’s up, it’s down, SC ruling, NOW it’s official, no going back.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:50pm
  92. ‘Attorneys for the state argued that Utah’s law promotes the state’s interest in “responsible procreation” and the “optimal mode of child-rearing.”’

    This statement in itself is based on gender discrimination as if to say that if you’re a married women you should have children. And it is discrimination against 2 men in a relationship because they cannot physically procreate.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:50pm
  93. For those wondering who LDS church is: mormons.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:51pm
  94. ALL RIGHT…. MY ONLY CONERN IS THE LDS CHURCH RUNS THE STATE

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:52pm
  95. Pa is going to last state to past gay marriage

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:53pm
  96. WOO-HOO! They’re going over like dominoes now.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:54pm
  97. I wish Oklahoma would.. I want to marry my girl so bad

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:59pm
  98. ^^^nope, texas will be last

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:06pm
  99. Needs to happen in missouri

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:07pm
  100. Then we get the appeal

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:08pm
  101. The federal government isn’t supposed to interfere with state affairs.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:10pm
  102. Time to change the slogan from life elevated to life degrated.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:12pm
  103. I actually never thought I’d see the day this would happen

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:13pm
  104. I’m pretty sure Alabama/Mississpii will be the last lol

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:13pm
  105. Land of Mormon’s, wow! thought they felt they were above the law. Getttt! Ittt!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:17pm
  106. Sadly I believe we will be the last state :(

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:20pm
  107. Times are changing :)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:20pm
  108. Separation of Church and State should be inforced in every state… Mormons should not and can not be allowed to have any say or control in the state of Utah. If the Mormons continue to try to interfere in its progression than the federal government should strip this state of all financial aid or assistance in all areas until which time that the Mormon Church realizes that they need to stay out of State business.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  109. YEA!!!!!! Congratulations Utah!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:31pm
  110. Just moments after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:38pm
  111. You got that right son !!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:57pm
  112. PA, c’mon, PA! I love my fiance. We’ve been together 2 years, known each other for 30. I’d love to be able to set a date and marry my lifelong friend Steph Timberman.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:59pm
  113. Here we sit in homophobic Virginia.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:07pm
  114. Of course they are. Have they not learned already, this just wastes taxpayers time…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:15pm
  115. tell the republicans to kiss off

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:15pm
  116. Didn’t work for NJ governor. Equality marches on! Woohooo ♥

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:15pm
  117. They must be from California to do an appeal

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:16pm
  118. Smh …

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:16pm
  119. I believe they already started issuing licenses.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:17pm
  120. Yes they have

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:17pm
  121. It’ll go to a higher court, who will keep the ruling in place.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:17pm
  122. Too late! The first couple was just married in SLC!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:17pm
  123. Yes, equality marches on, strong!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:17pm
  124. it makes sense that they this judge would rule in favor of same-sex marriage equality because they just knocked down the long standing ban on unmarried people living together earlier this week.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:18pm
  125. I can’t stop crying since I found out. This means so much, I never thought Utah would allow same-sex marriage. I’m still in shock :’)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:18pm
  126. I think there is hope for all of us. Be positive and believe we can change.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:19pm
  127. GET OVER IT!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:19pm
  128. Hahahahahahahahaha let them try in the end they will fail gay marriage will be legalized soon

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:19pm
  129. Nothing to like about this

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:19pm
  130. He can go ahead and fuck off; he won’t win.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:20pm
  131. Boo hiss!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:20pm
  132. What a suprise…Mormon elders flipping out…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:21pm
  133. You have an extra "m" in there: It's spelled moron ;-)

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:41pm
  134. No Danette Borg it is not too late unfortunately

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:21pm
  135. No No! How do you reconcile “NOT CONSTITUTIONAL” with “Please let us DISCRIMINATE more your HONOR” really?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:22pm
  136. Fight it all you want, bigot! Equality will happen!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:22pm
  137. Frank Lopez

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:24pm
  138. Makes no sense spending all that tax payer money on appeals when marriage equality inevitable in every state.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:26pm
  139. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:28pm
  140. I am totally unsurprised by this. I am hoping we can get down there before they do this and get our license.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:29pm
  141. You can have five wives but not one husband…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:30pm
  142. Argh.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:32pm
  143. See more pics from SLC https://twitter.com/jsethanderson

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:32pm
  144. Too late haters.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:37pm
  145. i was born there

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:39pm
  146. Asswipes!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:40pm
  147. Waste tax-payers’ money and be sure history remembers how you kicked and screamed to try to stop equality and justice. Pathetic.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:40pm
  148. The news was so badly broken it feel off the internet

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:43pm
  149. Freedom to Love & Marry …… Old timer still tooting his horn…….. do not give up…….. I Love You !~ <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:46pm
  150. Of course he is…..the great Mormon Church is having tizzy fits I am sure!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:49pm
  151. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:52pm
  152. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:52pm
  153. Oh that’s great Utah can have all them Mormons marrying 42 different women but they can’t have same sex marriage. Utah, I think you are dumb and stupid and out of your box. Go get ducked Utah. You suck huge hairy balls. I’ll never visit Utah. Eww

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:53pm
  154. Taylor Fiscus here is the real reason for Phil Robertson’s comment about voting for Romney (Utah native) lol

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:55pm
  155. #DuckCommander

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:59pm
  156. Ass!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:02am
  157. Two states in two days! Amazing! Marching onward with my LBGT brothers and sisters.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:07am
  158. sure hate too kno what block he lives on

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:08am
  159. Tee Rader. Actually yes, it is. That’s the supreme courts function, besides many other things!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:16am
  160. Matt Cousineau. Degraded only if you yourself are degenerate and defeated. You can’t stop progress!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:17am
  161. Mormon Karma…. It was just a matter of time. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:23am
  162. Give it up bigot’s…..it’s the beginning of the end!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:25am
  163. this means any of the same-sex marriage bans can be struck down! way to set the precedent. KANSAS NEXT!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:30am
  164. Just like what happened here in CA. Fortunately, the bigotry was overturned here — equality won (as it probably will in Utah too).

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:36am
  165. a very merry Christmas to you

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:39am
  166. Sad as this is we had our first same sex marriage and Mayor Becker has said he will stay all night if he needs to and marry any couple that applies for their license!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:42am
  167. Why? Other people marrying affects your lives how? Just stop. Equality for all.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:42am
  168. Tell republicans and the mormons tough freedom is winning over their bigotry

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:58am
  169. Bingo~

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:26am
  170. Love, Kindness and acceptance are winning :)

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:20pm
  171. I hope he doesn’t win. We have come so far. I would hate to see this get turned around. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:59am
  172. An “emergency” stay. How ridiculous!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:59am
  173. I laugh at that terminology too. How is this an emergency? For every new gay marriage, does a straight one end???

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:07am
  174. I guess he hasn’t been reading the news the past year to see that this only wastes time and taxpayer money and ultimately will still be found to be unconstitutional to ban same sex marriage. Learn from Chris Christie in NJ and know when to just throw in the towel.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00am
  175. hat a beautiful sight to see these couples happy.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00am
  176. say no too stay….now

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00am
  177. What an amazing photo it makes me very happy for you all.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00am
  178. the Mormons will cause trouble over this… Let LOVE be!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00am
  179. I hope the judge denies the motion of stay!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:01am
  180. I love this judge!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:02am
  181. The appeal will fail. Nothing but a waste of the courts time. The law was, is and will always be “unconstitutional”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:04am
  182. THIS BETTER NOT GO DOWN, we really have come so far.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:04am
  183. From Utah: SO HAPPY! Hope a stay is not granted. Glad of the line up for licenses!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:05am
  184. Keep getting married do what your rights allow you too. Congrats too utah. More states need.to get on board

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:05am
  185. Love is love.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:06am
  186. Utah! It’s a shame the US Supreme Court doesn’t get on the bandwagon

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:06am
  187. Our money is just as good as anyones so there ranking in money to tge state so they be crazy to stop marriage to anyone

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:06am
  188. Marry Marry Marry!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:07am
  189. Congratulations Utah brothers and sisters!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:07am
  190. send that judge chocolate!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:07am
  191. Congratulations to UTAH Dream’s now is reality !!! I’m so proud to be of time to witness and one day be married lets all the states light up of love ZERO TOLERANCE for HATE and not be treated fair under the LAW.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:07am
  192. WHY?! What is not allowing two people to get married going to accomplish? Uggggh.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:08am
  193. An emergency stay to keep people in love from getting married? SMH Wake up people and stop this insanity. People are people, love is love.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:09am
  194. Awesome!! Go Utah!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:10am
  195. go for it! ja

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:11am
  196. I get really confused by this kind of stuff, but why does there have to be so much hate, why can’t we all love who we want and be a part of society in same sex marriages? We arent any different to straight couples, except the people we happen to be attracted to are sometimes the same gender, there’s nothing wrong with being who you are …

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:11am
  197. Gay and Lesbian couples, get your licenses before any stay is issued! The more who get married the better. Utah!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:11am
  198. HOPEFULLY you can wed in Utah. However, if you are gay, DO NOT kiss your other half in front of the Temple. The LDS owns that part of the sidewalk, as well as the SLC police, and you will be arrested.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:13am
  199. We have just as much to marry then men and women so quit trying to stop us IT JUST NOT RIGHT

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:14am
  200. So sad to see in the year 2013-2014 that rights are still withheld in a “free” country.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:16am
  201. Yes... but CHANGE is happening... ;)

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:22pm
  202. Hurry up,never know what those evil haters next move, will b?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:23am
  203. Xoxo! Big Gay Love

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:24am
  204. Yeee hawww!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:25am
  205. Those Right Wingers never give up do they! And they will lose this battle again too!!! They need to let us live our lives like everyone else and quit sticking there noses in our business.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:25am
  206. Gettin them marriages in. :) I’m glad they didn’t I force it yet, Jakob.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:27am
  207. In*

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:27am
  208. woo hoo my wife and i were married in Cali in 08 and live in utah glad utahns have the same rights i did then to Marry

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:28am
  209. They are just wasting tax dollars fighting a losing battle.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:29am
  210. “Emergency”. That’s an over use of a word! Oh, people in love can be legally committed!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:30am
  211. A husband and all of his wives should be outraged. LOL

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:30am
  212. Congrats guys & gals!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:31am
  213. Outstanding

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:32am
  214. go get married and to hell with the Mormon church.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:38am
  215. Emergency stays SUCK! All they ever mean is “SHIT, WE LOST!”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:38am
  216. The Emergency stay I approve of is the LGBT people from Russia staying here because of Vladimir Putin's discrimatory laws.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:14am
  217. Non-profit religious organizations need to get their statuses revoked when entering into the political ring!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:39am
  218. YES!BUT IN THE MEAN TIME,HURRY

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:43am
  219. So happy for everyone in Utah!! Congrats!! 19 down, 31 to go!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:45am
  220. OVER MY COLD, DEAD BODY!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:46am
  221. wont see the judges desk till monday if he agrees with the gov & af

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:52am
  222. Forget About Going Somewhere, abbrev.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:02am
  223. Just wait till they lower the age of consent and call it progress. Or start letting people marry animals and call it progress. Some people actually want that stuff, but most of Americans would be against it. Right? Then you would get that minority group together and they would whine and whine till nobody canstand it, then the people would give in. Man married to a 13 year old. Man married to a cow. Just wait. Will you still call it progress? Or if you dont agree with them, you say no and call it wrong. Just saying this is not progress.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:07am
  224. There is NO going back…Even the IRS will accept their dual-tax filings….YEAH !

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:07am
  225. Cahoots hoooo!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:35am
  226. Common Utah! I love you. Give me every excuse to keep loving you. Evolve and love others!! You can do it cuz you are Life Elevated!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:44am
  227. “High on a mountain top a banner is unfurled”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:49am
  228. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:22am
  229. Love the way nobody is wasting time getting married!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:23am
  230. That’s great!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:23am
  231. Congratulations may you have many decades of happiness big hugs

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:24am
  232. Congratulations guys! Thanks so much for being one of the red states where we all thought this would never happen in. Florida seems possible now. Love all of you up in Utah. It’s a great day for all us. Thanks for giving me hope the red states will start falling in line. <3 awesome

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:27am
  233. Congrats guys way to go!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:28am
  234. Woot woot!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:29am
  235. Never thought I’d ever see the day Utah would rule for LGBT marriage – Mazel Tov!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:29am
  236. Way to go Utah! What a pleasant surprise!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:29am
  237. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:31am
  238. WTG Jim and Steve!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:32am
  239. So cool right on Mazel Tov

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:32am
  240. So it ok for a man to have more then one wife but it not ok for gay people to get married that is screwed up come on stop whining and let gay get married and politics and religion should stay out of it

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:42am
  241. Congrats

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:44am
  242. Stand and be Fabulous Utah, yaaa:)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:49am
  243. Go Utah!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:51am
  244. is Florida possible sometime in this lifetime?!?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:52am
  245. Congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:53am
  246. exciting and historical times… Congratulations!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:53am
  247. This is an amazing day! Same day marriages as same day judge makes ruling. Utah!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:54am
  248. Congratulations Utah and of course the groom and the groom

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:57am
  249. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:58am
  250. All the best wishes for both of you <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:06am
  251. wow, the last state I ever thought would allow same sex marriages I gus

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:07am
  252. I guess there is hope after all for other states if Utah is marrying same sex couples

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:07am
  253. Congratulations.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:08am
  254. That is beautiful. Take action fast, and then do the big reception later! This has set a precedent that will bring all the mini DOMA laws down!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:08am
  255. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:09am
  256. The guy on the right is woof!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:12am
  257. Go guys

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:18am
  258. Awesome!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:20am
  259. This is brilliant! Love trumps hate.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:23am
  260. Its the most wonderful time of da year!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:31am
  261. BAD UTAH.!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:46am
  262. Hey Gov Herbie…perhaps you should focus your time & efforts on finding an honest AG?? Just sayin…

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:49am
  263. If Utah can do it, all the remaining states should get on the band wagon.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:52am
  264. sadly, Utah is trying to over turn the ruling

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:58am
  265. <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:04am
  266. I hope the state doesn’t appeal and try to break up the marriage.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:05am
  267. wow can’wait . lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:12am
  268. “Emergency! Emergency! People are being happy wrong!”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:39am
  269. State is making money….wait till the politicians spend it fighting the same thing that is making them money at this time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:42am
  270. marriage is between a man and woman lol o well why ur burning n hell ill be laughin up here haha

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:49am
  271. Where’s up h here, Corey? Salt Lake? Lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:10am
  272. Their such idiots. Leave us alone, it’s not hurting anyone. Just let us marry.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:16am
  273. Good for them!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:17am
  274. Awww

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:26am
  275. Congrats and mazel tov!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:31am
  276. Loving it. And the sky hasn’t fallen in UT.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:33am
  277. If it were the other way around there’d be hell to pay.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:36am
  278. What is wrong with them. Dont they have other work rather than intruding in persons personal life, which is not hurting others … let love grow.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:46am
  279. Ppl who judge others will also burn in hell Cory Brown so guess they’ll see u there

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:13am
  280. About damn time! <3 <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:19am
  281. Do it fast before the Governor and the AG find a sympathetic judge to issue a stay order until they can organize a delay, er appeal.

    Congratulations, Utah! Really, this is great news.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:24am
  282. Please take a minute to Flood the Utah Attorney Generals office with calls for him to Stop trying to get a stay ruling here GENERAL OFFICE NUMBERS:
    (801) 366-0260
    (801) 538-9600
    (801) 366-0300

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:24am
  283. Congratulations to my brothers and sisters in Utah! Get those marriage certificates while there hot!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:38am
  284. The Mormon mayor? How times have really changed!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:40am
  285. We in Utah couldn’t be happier and more shocked!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:49am
  286. Good job! <3 <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:07am
  287. I love Utah and I love living here. I don’t argee with the way the LDS church has so much pull in what laws are and aren’t in effect in our state. But I am tolerant of them, because I expect them to be tolerant of me and the LGBTQ community I am a part of. But it is reddic they are trying not only to appeal but requesting an emergency stay so that they can try to pull of the same thing prop 8 did to CA and look, prop 8 was overturned so I think it’s time for close minded people to give it up and realize love is love and equality needs to happen now, everywhere for everyone. I’m hoping after the long year and a half I have been engaged we can one day plan our marriage right here in our home. I am just grateful we have such a large LGBTQ community with tons of support here in this state that I know will back up and support Equality until the end. Keep Utah in your thoughts, and hope that it sticks, and we are all aloud to get married here in our home town. (: we needed this victory and I can’t believe they even want to try and take it away from us. A holes!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:26am
  288. Congratulations you two! What an incredible two days we have had. Next…..

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:32am
  289. Least we will be warmer down there cory ;) mwah xxx

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:35am
  290. Congratulations utah xxxxxxx

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:36am
  291. the citizens of Utah are fucking idiots. a burnung building is an emergency. pissing your pants in the middle of a snowstorm is an emergency. falling from a two story window and breaking your neck is an emergency. stopping love? no honey. but your stupidity should be checked out by a doctor IMMEDIATLY! CUZ STOPPING THE STUPID SHIT FROM SPILLING OUT OF YOUR BRAIN IS A FUCKING EMERGENCY! IGNORANT BABOONS

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:50am
  292. lol. “America the Brave” still fears what they dont know. cowards.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:52am
  293. Our state had to ask for a special session to approve Gay marriage it failed. and we’re touching Utah?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:55am
  294. Texas needs to get on board

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:36am
  295. Wotever cory there is no god and you are an idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:52am
  296. Amazing! Is this the Utah in the US?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:56am
  297. looking for lesbian na hindi halata, who’s hiding their homosexuality… im a discreet gay di rin halata… lets pretend to be a lover, easy way to hide more our homosexuality to friends, family… hahaha…

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:07am
  298. Religious state Gee what a surprise

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:12am
  299. May they have a long and happy life together!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:17am
  300. wow great

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:33am
  301. I hope they get it threw in Montana gotta get a partner first lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:34am
  302. Very moving. One more step forward!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:16pm
  303. WOOT WOOT!!! I’ve been in this war for 50 or so years and filed suit against the AG of Arizona and the Clerk of the Pima County Court for a license in 1993. So glad to see this happening. Gay Marriages taking place – we have a brilliant mixed-race President – there is hope for America…..

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:52pm
  304. Congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:12pm
  305. Screw The Trip I Wanted To Take To Arches National Park, Up Your Arch Utah!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:55pm
  306. Moving forward in gay right is the right thing to do!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:17pm
  307. So happy for them, they can pay the same penalties the straight married people pay!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:22pm
  308. I just cried…mostly because he’s a Senator and this is so great! Congrats dudes ;)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:25pm
  309. Boo

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:32pm
  310. This is awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:33pm
  311. Times running out for the haters.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:48pm
  312. Great use of state resources…. Smh

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:01pm
  313. Congratulations Mr. Senator and Mr. Justesen! Ad multos annos!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:01pm
  314. I did not think this would last very long,

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:16pm
  315. Elder Farron Davis: In the light of your abnormal and abominable state and your refusal to see that you’ve been duped into a hogwash alternative lifestyle – I wish my shame was enough for both of us, not to mention the shame you’ve brought to our church, our family, our ancestors…

    Elder Aaron Davis: Wait a minute, our ancestors? Dad, your grandfather had half a dozen wives. Same goes for every single person in this room. I’d say we’re really the original definition of ‘alternative lifestyle.’

    Elder Farron Davis: Are you calling us hypocrites?

    Elder Aaron Davis: No, we’ve gone way beyond hypocrisy, Dad, now we’re just being mean.

    from the movie “Latter Days” (2003) and one of my favorite movie quotes of all time.

    Suck it, Mormons.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:35pm
  316. Leave us alone..we love who we love…there are way more important things to worry about like all the murders in this world..oh buts its ok that men can have more then 1 wife in your state …friggin hypocrites.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:40pm
  317. I can’t say I’m proud of my home state because it was a federal judge who made the decision. I just find it funny and ironic that the bigoted people of Utah are getting a taste of their own medicine. Different ways of thinking shoved down their throats. I’m sitting back and enjoying it with a little chuckle . Tee he. Actually more like this. Bwa ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha. In your face u &$)(;:()$ mo’s.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:20pm
  318. Sweet

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:59pm
  319. Congratulations to you and hope you have a long an prosperous life.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:07pm
  320. This is beautiful!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:31pm
  321. I love the judge’s response. “Yeah,…I’ll get to it in a couple of days.” In the meantime the AG can have a couple of temper tantrums and think about how foolish it will be to waste this money as he won’t win.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:36pm
  322. I LOVE this! The AG must be in a tizzy!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:38pm
  323. I hope they will not ban!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:43pm
  324. And the judge isn’t in any hurry to look at the “emergency” stay either. :)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:45pm
  325. Come on Utah don’t be like that you were cool for a sec

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:07pm
  326. Get it !!!! Marry faster my friends! Can’t stop love!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:11pm