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Some Utah counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

A least one county clerk has now been served with a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Some county clerks in Utah refused Tuesday to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, even though they could face legal consequences after a judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Utah attorney general’s office has warned counties they could be held in contempt of federal court if they refuse to issue the licenses.

Ravell Call, Deseret News (AP)Jax and Heather Collins get married at the Salt Lake County clerk's office Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

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Jax and Heather Collins get married at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

Tom Smart, Deseret News (AP)Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity, one of the gay couples that challenged Utah's gay marriage ban, at a celebration rally in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

Tom Smart, Deseret News (AP)
Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity, one of the gay couples that challenged Utah’s gay marriage ban, at a celebration rally in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News (AP)Becky Dustin, left, and Jennifer Rasmussen, right, exit the Salt Lake County clerk's office with their marriage license Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News (AP)
Becky Dustin, left, and Jennifer Rasmussen, right, exit the Salt Lake County clerk’s office with their marriage license Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

At the same time, state lawyers have asked a federal appeals court to halt the judge’s ruling and stop any more same-sex marriages.

It’s created a confusing set of circumstances for clerks, gay couples and anyone watching the state’s reaction to the surprise ruling on Friday.

More than 700 same-sex couples have married in Utah since Friday.

Among those refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples is Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson, who said he was waiting for the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on Utah’s motion for a stay before deciding his next move. The court is considering arguments and could rule at any time.

A lesbian couple filed a lawsuit Monday against Utah County because of its refusal, but Thompson said he was remaining steadfast against giving up any licenses to any same-sex couples.

“Until I receive further information, the Utah County Clerk’s Office will not be making any policy changes in regards to which we issue marriage licenses,” Thompson said Tuesday.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Ryan Bruckman, said the office was not giving legal guidance to clerks’ offices.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said prosecution of county clerks is unlikely. The holdouts wouldn’t face sanctions unless the plaintiffs who sued Utah asked the judge for a contempt finding, said Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney David Barlow.

Lawyers for the state are trying every legal avenue to halt the practice and are waiting for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on a req uest to stop the issuing of licenses to gay couples while the appeals process plays out.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby, who issued Friday’s landmark ruling, already rejected the state’s request to bring the marriages to a halt on Monday.

In the meantime, state agencies have begun trying to sort out how the gay marriages may impact state services.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s office sent a letter to state agencies Tuesday afternoon advising them to comply with the judge’s ruling or consult the Utah attorney general’s office if the ruling conflicts with other laws or rules.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services, which administers programs such as food stamps and welfare, is recognizing the marriages of gay couples when they apply for benefits, spokesman Nic Dunn told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

It’s unclear whether Utah will allow married same-sex couples to jointly file their state income tax returns next year, as they will be able to do f or federal returns.

Charlie Roberts, a spokesman for the Utah State Tax Commission, said the agency still needs to consult the Utah attorney general’s office about the issue.

In October, the commission stipulated that because Utah did not recognize same-sex marriages, same-sex couples who had married out of state could not file jointly in Utah.

The state income tax forms do not currently require filers to specify gender, so it’s possible same-sex couples could have already filed jointly in previous years, but Roberts said the commission never been aware of such as case.

Utah is the 18th state where gay couples can wed or will soon be able to marry. The legal wrangling over the topic will likely continue for months. The 10th Circuit will likely will hear the full appeal of the case several months from now.

Even if the 10th Circuit grants a stay or overturns the ruling, legal analyst say the marriage licenses that already have been issued probably will remain valid.

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  1. Bring them down!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:41pm
  2. They just aired a report on it they were told if they don’t start issuing licenses it could lead to criminal charges

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:42pm
  3. That's great. They can be assholes all they want but they still have to obey the law.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:10am
  4. God will give you peace Peace in Relationships "Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must take allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace." Colossians 3:12-15 NLT

    Replied on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 1:39pm
  5. what in the literal fuck

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:42pm
  6. Your funny Morgan, I agree.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:09am
  7. spoil sports – always gotta be someone to ruin the party ….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:43pm
  8. Of course they are. Time to pass federal legislation to give everyone rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:43pm
  9. The laws the law they have to issue them. So glad more states are changing there laws.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:43pm
  10. Fuck the law! I'm all for gay marriage, but the government should have fuck all to do with the union of love.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:57am
  11. Well actually I would not call it law, the courts made a ruling and so the ruling is the ruling :)

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:33am
  12. if it wasn't for the law, we gays would still not be able to marry. if we cant marry, then straight couples shouldn't be able to divorce. fair is fair!!!!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:37am
  13. Eren, now this is a change. You wanted the Government to deny marriage to us here in California with Prop.8 and now that that idea has blown up in your face now you say that Government has no business regulating Marriage. Now which one is it? It's fine when it works your way, but when it backfires, then it's a bad idea. What a two faced moron you are. You want it both ways don't you?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:39am
  14. They are gonna burn themselves denying our freedom

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:43pm
  15. Fire them then sue them!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:44pm
  16. Hoodie and a wedding dress…interesting combo.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:45pm
  17. They can’t stop it, only stall it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:45pm
  18. Damned conservative lawbreakers!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:45pm
  19. Lock them up and then fire them for not doing their job!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:46pm
  20. So stupid…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:47pm
  21. and yet polygamy is tolerated, funny they dont make any issue with a man having multiple wives but 2 gay men or 2 gay women cant get married

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:47pm
  22. Here lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit. Come to Mama! She needs a new pair of wedding shoes!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:48pm
  23. litigation time

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:49pm
  24. Psh. These people need to get with it,change is here and equality is spreading. Seperation of church and state forever.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:50pm
  25. hunt them down and bring them to justice. The don’t want to do their job they need to start looking for another one.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:51pm
  26. Hunt them down?? Really,smh.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:00am
  27. … In Provo. Utah. The home of BYU, thee so-called “Lord’s University!?!” Am-ASHAMED-to be an Alumni of that institution in light of all this-MISSISSIPPI-type, ILLEGAL behavior by alleged “Christian” people!!! They should be ashamed as-WELL-as FIRED/SUED!!! Merry Christmas JERKS!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:52pm
  28. Well, there is always a judge to say differently! Hehe!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:53pm
  29. They don’t wanna do their job FIRE them

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:54pm
  30. This is called separation of church and state. Those who do not issue a marriage license deserve to go to jail. Sad really.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:54pm
  31. This was what I thought it would happen in the cow counties of Utah.
    The LDS clerks are taking their cues from the church.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:54pm
  32. well good luck with that

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:56pm
  33. The judges order specifically states that any county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be prosecuted for contempt of the court order. I can’t wait for the US Marshals to start dragging these folks down to jail, where they will sit until the judge is satisfied that they understand that he’s in charge here, not them, not the county attorneys, and not them.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:57pm
  34. Throw the biggot clerks in jail!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:58pm
  35. That’s ok take them to court and then see them lose there jobs…is this hatred and bigotry really worth it? I would think you could be doing things more meaningful like? Oh I don’t maybe stop judging? Getting into your actual community and serving others? You know something worthwhile.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:58pm
  36. Federal contempt of court.
    Not a good idea.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:59pm
  37. Defiance is a first amendment right.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:00am
  38. No, it's not. Peaceful protests are allowed, not contempt of court.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:09am
  39. And may all the others be served lawsuits as well. The law is the law.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:06am
  40. Disgrace!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:07am
  41. work in a public service job, you don’t get to implement your bullshit religion.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:09am
  42. Religion isn't bullshit to alot of people.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:59am
  43. So? Taking mythology seriously doesn't give it credibility. Its still rubbish that has no rights above those of real people

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:26am
  44. Eat it haters!!! Go sit in jail if it’s against your “religious values” to discriminate against couples in love. It’s also against “religious values” to give a divorced person a marriage license, but you don’t hear about that.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:09am
  45. Arrest them for contempt of court !

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:11am
  46. Can someone tell me why the LGBT Community can’t accept Civil Unions with a Civil Union Licence?? Does anyone in this group understand that this country is made up of 50 Sovereignty states that can leave the union and form there own Country if they don’t like what the US Government is doing. The states get there power to make laws that are voted in by the people on a ballot by the 10th Amendment.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:12am
  47. Because civil unions/domestic partnerships are second class status. Separate but equal my ass. http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/marriage-versus-civil-unions-domestic-partnerships-etc

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:14am
  48. Mr Anderson the page you posted was done by a LGBT person. Civil Union have been around as long a traditional marriages have been. Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.[1] The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A broad definition of marriage includes those that are monogamous, polygamous, same-sex and temporary. People marry for many reasons, including: legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious. Who they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire. In many parts of the world, marriages are arranged. Forced marriages are illegal in some jurisdictions.[2] Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community or peers. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is a marriage without religious content carried out by a government institution in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction, and recognised as creating the rights and obligations intrinsic to matrimony. Marriages can be performed in a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting via a wedding ceremony. The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved, and any offspring they may produce. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples or two or more persons of opposite gender in the gender binary, and a diminishing number of these permit polygyny, child marriages, and forced marriages. Over the twentieth century, a growing number of countries and other jurisdictions have lifted bans on and have established legal recognition for interracial marriage, interfaith marriage and most lately, same-sex marriage.[3] Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment. Polygamous marriages may also occur in spite of national laws. Civil union, also referred to as civil partnership or registered partnership, is a legally recognized form of partnership similar to marriage. Beginning with Denmark in 1989, civil unions under one name or another have been established by law in several mostly developed countries in order to provide legal recognition of relationships formed by unmarried same-sex couples and to afford them rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar (in some countries, identical) to those of legally married couples. In some jurisdictions of Brazil, New Zealand, Uruguay, Ecuador, France and the U.S. states of Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois, civil unions are also open to opposite-sex couples.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:27am
  49. Simple, the federal government bestows more than 1,100 rights and benefits on the basis of "marriage," and marriage alone. Civil Unions do not afford same-sex couples any of those benefits. The 14th Amendment requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:53pm
  50. So Mr Peterson if the state would give the same 1,099 rights to Civil Unions, except adoption and the Civil Union had to be preformed in the secular part of society would that keep the LGBT Community from feeling like 2nd class citizens?? Why isn't the LGBT Community going after the Civil Union laws for each state??

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:23pm
  51. Daniel Duane Konruff, you seem rather confused as to the difference between state benefits and federal benefits (such as social security and survivor benefits, federal taxes, immigration and citizenship, etc.) States do not have the power to grant benefits that are provided by the federal government. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, it made available those 1100 benefits the federal government grants exclusively to married couples. States that deny gay couples the civil right to marry are in effect denying them those federal benefits (i.e., 14th Amendment). This is why courts are now striking down marriage bans when challenged, and there will be more in 2014 (at least 12 states have federal court challenges right now). Finally, I am curious as to why is it so important that you be concerned with who I marry and who I love? Please explain to me and everyone else here how anyone else's marriage that affects YOU?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:07pm
  52. Mr Peterson I know the difference between federal and state benefits. I also know that the government has certain power given to them by the constitution. The Sovereign State has the power to make the rest of the laws by a majority of citizen voting for that law using the power of the 10th Amendment. There is one federal benefit that bothers me is the right to adopt a child and force the child to live in a home that the couple can't physically produce a child. That is why I think there should be a traditional marriage and then the Civil Union laws. See if Congress makes a law saying same sex can marry and they could get all federal and state benefits with a civil union license. What you need to know that state laws are voted in after the majority of citizen vote it in. Seems you don't understand that the USA in a Country made up 50 Sovereign state that could in fact choose to break away from the union if the majority of the citizen agree with it. I am a deist and believe that homosexuality is against the law of nature.The Tenth Amendment is similar to an earlier provision of the Articles of Confederation: "Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled."[3] After the Constitution was ratified, some wanted to add a similar amendment limiting the federal government to powers "expressly" delegated, which would have denied implied powers.[4] However, the word "expressly" ultimately did not appear in the Tenth Amendment as ratified, and therefore the Tenth Amendment did not reject the powers implied by the Necessary and Proper Clause.[5]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:30pm
  53. Daniel Duane Konruff, the U.S. Constitution still serves as the supreme law of the land, and there are more amendments to it than just the 10th. As U.S. citizens we are all entitled to the rights and protections afforded under the constitution, which was founded on the premise of establishing rights for its citizens (not states). The 10th Amendment does not explicitly grant states the right to deny citizens freedoms, rights, benefits or protections established by the constitution. Many have, however, and you can see by the ruling in Utah, California, and other states, that when challenged, they are struck down as "unconstitutional," thereby in violation of the "supreme law of the land." Historically, the Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the idea that the states can nullify federal law. The court has held that federal law prevails over state law due to the operation of the Supremacy Clause, and that federal law "can neither be nullified openly and directly by state legislators or state executive or judicial officers nor nullified indirectly by them." That said, other than the fact that you "believe" homosexuality is against the law of nature, you ignored my question asking why is it so important that you be concerned with who I marry and who I love? I asked you to please explain to me and everyone else here how anyone else's marriage that affects YOU? And despite your "belief" that homosexuality is against the law of nature (even though it has been documented in more than 1000 species), please explain why YOUR belief system should be imposed on ME or anyone else by denying me the right to a civil marriage?

    Replied on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 4:19am
  54. Then they were at wrong job ….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:14am
  55. They need to be served with an arrest warrant for contempt of court!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:14am
  56. Daniel Duane Konruff… hey smart guy…see: civil war… states are not allowed to leave lol..you’re a dildo.. how does my gay marriage affect your straight divorce??

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:14am
  57. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:16am
  58. Can’t wait for Florida to come around. My love and I will marry then.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:18am
  59. That's gonna be a long wait! lol

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:28am
  60. They better get with the program.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:21am
  61. Ooo they can’t do that! Unless they want to get sued!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:24am
  62. Having lived in Salt Lake City, no surprise there. The leaders of the LDS church must be having a cow !!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:25am
  63. Keep doing it folks. If you want to marry, Now is the time. It’s all gonna pass anyway,…just watch.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:32am
  64. Hey Daniel get educated if civil unions gave couples all the legal benefits maybe people would be OK with them,but then why do we have to !?! Just to make you happy?!? We shouldn’t have to our marriages won’t effect your life in anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:32am
  65. all Mormons !

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:34am
  66. Now who's being judgemental?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:58am
  67. Hello honeymoon with that lawsuit money, that would be the best middle finger to those bigots ;-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:35am
  68. Those counties are like to be in contempt of federal court

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:44am
  69. Must be a $$%^&* Mormonn

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:44am
  70. I hope they penalize every last one of them. How DARE they decide that they can refuse to follow the law.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:48am
  71. Of course they are…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:50am
  72. Now that is wrong. This is a government office refusing to obey government decisions.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:53am
  73. That clerk doesn’t have a leg to stand on

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:01am
  74. They are in contempt of court! Jail time!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:02am
  75. But it’s freedum of speech! they’ll just turn themselves into martyrs, for the duck duck kingdum!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:05am
  76. I just want ohio to be the next state..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:05am
  77. Kylie, I think you’re next up!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:06am
  78. I hope any clerk that doesnt issue a license gets suied!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:07am
  79. Contempt of court is great!! Hope couple of nights in jail for the morons with the cross will do it!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:08am
  80. Daniel do u have children? If so tell them that a civil union is good enough!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:10am
  81. Gay

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:11am
  82. Do your job or get sacked.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:12am
  83. Hey everyone like my page support the LGBT

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:13am
  84. How dare anyone to tell us what is good enough! We work and pay taxes like every other american! But we shouldnt have the same rights?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:14am
  85. With every controversy, we as a nation of loving people who value ALL love, gain more ground from those who cannot understand a love that large! I celebrate EVERYONE who fights for the right to love as their heart guides them!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:17am
  86. dumb motherfuckers can be fined and sent to prison for not following the supreme court ruling

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:21am
  87. I love the expression on their faces. Pure joy. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:23am
  88. I hope they end up owning Utah county

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:32am
  89. Those clerks refusing, should face criminal charges and be fired!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:36am
  90. arrest them , remove them from their jobs and keep them from ever hlding a public office ever again.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:40am
  91. Who cares about laws of the United States. They are Mormons!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:55am
  92. Love is love – get over it!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:00am
  93. yeah. logan

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:05am
  94. I’m Mormon !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:09am
  95. Lol Utah y’all retarded trying to deny these couples their marriage rights. Obviously they will lose! More power to these couples standing up for their rights as American citizens!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:17am
  96. Lawyer up….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:41am
  97. CONGRATS great news

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:05am
  98. Sue every clerk that denies issuing a marriage license

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:18am
  99. It’s ok just go pork on the temple lawn!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:28am
  100. That picture was on the front cover of the “Columbus Dispatch” this morning

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:56am
  101. You’re right it isn’t a law; the ruling strikes down Utah’s flagrant abuse of the constitution upholding equal rights for all. If you want to involve religion in government move to Iran. What can you expect from a state that classifies pedophilia as marriage. Uphold the law, you hypocrites lost! People that happen to be gay CAN GET MARRIED!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:04am
  102. Oh si… just let them get married..and If u r against Gay.. Marriage..then don’t have one ..b7feothers the same tax breaks and benefits of being married..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:17am
  103. Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:26am
  104. GOOD SUE THEM! Who the heck does that clerk think he/she is??? Those clerks who refuse to comply with the law should be arrested and/or personally fined BIG TIME!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:14am
  105. Sue them, yes! Fight for your right to marry!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:20am
  106. The best Christmas gift ever, for so many…EQUALITY!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:52am
  107. Ignorance will always be with us. I’ve decided to put their ignorance behind me and move forward.
    Merry Christmas.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:04am
  108. Look at the pure joy in their faces:)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:17am
  109. Good!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:59am
  110. Lawsuit my ass. Throw them in jail or fire them

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:08am
  111. SUE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:27am
  112. That’s not gonna last long. Time is on our side! ^_^ Merry Christmas, all! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:19am
  113. IF I were to refuse to do my job, I would be fired. It is as simple as that. My personal beliefs MUST be left at the door when I walk into the building.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:10am
  114. It would appear some county clerks were never qualified to be stewards of the law in the first place. Keep this in mind when looking for suitable EMPLOYEES of the government.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:16am
  115. Sue those bastards.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:48am
  116. It would be awesome to see some gays rent out buses and show up in these backwards communities… to plant the seed of change! There’s power in numbers.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 11:01am
  117. clearly they approve of polygamy or any other marriage as long as there’s a penis being shoved in a or some vags.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:48pm
  118. gross!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:12pm
  119. how petty….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:24pm
  120. GAWD, get OVER the discrimination, people.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:25pm
  121. This is complete bullshit and they need to grow up and open there eyes to this day and age

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3:42pm
  122. The couple in the picture are adorable and then I read the headline and I was like “WTF” confusing!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:45pm
  123. Let them get married! They look so happy :-) <3 <3 do not stand in the way of true love! Equality for ALL! <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:24pm
  124. They should be fired and sued!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:35pm
  125. This is BS…FIX IT!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:52pm
  126. YOU CANNOT DENY A MARRIAGE LICENSE TO GAY OR LESBIAN COUPLES WITHIN UTAH ANY MORE…IT’S THAT SIMPLE. IF YOU’RE GONNA KEEP BEING STUPID AND HOMOPHOBIC EXPECT UR ASS THROWN IN JAIL!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:52pm
  127. …ffuckers…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 6:54pm
  128. I’ve yet to hear…read…or see one good valid reason why same sex couples shouldn’t or cant get married….not just in this thread but in general…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:10pm
  129. Sue their colective homophobic asses!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:17pm
  130. Why can’t people keep their personal beliefs AWAY from their jobs?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7:40pm
  131. FUCK that bitch. i hope she loses her job. how dare you treat a person like they are beneath you. smfh

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:14pm
  132. utah yes

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 9:32pm
  133. Would the Utah Supreme Court say the state same sex law is unconstitutional if the Federal Supreme Court would have said that DOMA was constitutional and needs changes to add in Civil Union marriage with a civil union license.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:49pm
  134. Bring them up on charges and fire them.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 11:04pm
  135. Not surprising.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 11:08pm
  136. Ugh… *facepalms*…this doesn’t get to the root of the problem. You are only EMPOWERING your opposition!!! You cannot change attitudes by forcing people to adhere to the law. “It’s the law” is only going to create a surge of anarchy, and with it is going to come a whole NEW level of homophobia and violence against gays.

    Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 3:33am
  137. Congrats Utah. You deserve it more than anyone!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 4:52am