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Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages during appeal

Filing: Same-sex marriages are "an affront" to the state and its citizens
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Updated: 7:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban.

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The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law.

In papers filed Tuesday, the state asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn a decision that has led to more than 900 gay marriages in Utah. Sotomayor handles emergency requests from Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.

Sotomayor responded by setting a deadline of by noon Friday for legal briefs from same-sex couples. She can act by herself or get the rest of the court involved.

“Numerous same-sex marriages are now occurring every day in Utah,” Utah lawyers complain in the filing. “Each one is an affront not only to the interests of the state and its citizens in being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels, but also to this court’s unique role as final arbiter.”

Also Tuesday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office advertised a formal bid request to outside law firms for help preparing the appeals.

State officials have said it could cost $2 million, bringing criticism from a lawyer for couples who sued to overturn the ban and say Utah should give up the fight.

“We are disappointed that Utah will spend millions of dollars in taxpayer’s money, to attempt to reinstate laws which deny due process and equal protection to all of Utah’s citizens,” the lawyer, James Magleby, said Tuesday.

Utah insists that states have the authority to define marriage as between a man and woman. “That states have a powerful interest in controlling the definition of marriage within their borders is indisputable,” Utah said in the filing.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s decision on Dec. 20 came as a shock to many in the state, which approved the ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

Shelby and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have already refused to halt weddings while the state appeals what it calls a “rush to marry.” Magleby argued that because so many couples have already married, “there is no emergency need for a stay.”

Shelby’s decision came late on a Friday afternoon and sent people rushing to a county clerk’s office in Salt Lake City – about 3 miles from the headquarters of the Mormon church – for marriage licenses. The following Monday, 353 more gay and lesbian couples grabbed a license, some camping out overnight to get in line early the next morning.

After the 10th Circuit Court refused to halt the ruling, the few county clerks who had refused to issue licenses changed course. Officials say things have slowed down after a run on marriage licenses that started hours after Shelby’s decision.

Since then, Gov. Gary Herbert has directed state agencies to comply with Shelby’s order, meaning gay couples are eligible for food stamps and welfare, among other benefits. The state Tax Commission said it was looking at changing tax returns to allow same-sex couples to file jointly, although it didn’t immediately give assurances that will happen.

Nearly two-thirds of Utah’s 2.8 million residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Mormons dominate the state’s legal and political circles. The Mormon church was one of the leading forces behind California’s short-lived ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.

The church says it stands by its support for “traditional marriage” and hopes a higher court validates its belief that marriage is between a man and woman.

In the papers filed Tuesday, Utah argues that children are best raised by a mother and father in a good relationship.

“On average children navigate developmental stages more easily, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when reared in that environment,” it says.

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  1. drama

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:13pm
  2. I’m sure Justice Sonia Sotomayor will get right on to suppressing peoples rights…. NOT!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:13pm
  3. PURE HATE!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:14pm
  4. Is this the same SCOTUS the shot down DOMA last June? Good luck with this, Utah…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:14pm
  5. Elizabeth: (Y)

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:19pm
  6. Fuck Utah

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:15pm
  7. And the SC will kick it back to the state because they have already made their ruling on DOMA.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:15pm
  8. Let’s hope for the best in this fight!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:15pm
  9. Totally!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:18pm
  10. Dont they have some other pressing issues to worry about?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:15pm
  11. Utah will lose. …again

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  12. they wont stop it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  13. Fuc Utah

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  14. Stick your appeal.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  15. I think this was a very stupid move, I hope Sotomeyer overturns it for all states! She presides over the 10th District where this is taking place

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  16. When are these ignorant assholes going to stop? GIVE IT A REST! These marriages are not harming or disrupting a damn thing! Get your heads out of your rear ends and come up with some real priorities for a change!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  17. so who is paying for the lawyers arguing before supreme court? taxpayers no doubt.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  18. Wait until the SCOTUS slaps them down on this one…..can’t wait.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  19. It’s only a matter of time before the entire US allows same sex marriage. EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:16pm
  20. I so hope your right

    Replied on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:51am
  21. They didn’t shoot down DOMA, not even close. They remove a very minute portion compared to the whole law. I still don’t have the right to marry in Indiana, not does Indiana recognize it if I do get married. Doesn’t sound like they shot it down to me.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:17pm
  22. DOMA was a federal law having nothing to do with how states define marriage. In ruling that the federal government could not define marriage discriminatorily, they shot down DOMA. The right to define marriages has always been allocated to states and had nothing to do with DOMA.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:50pm
  23. Actually Jesse, you are completely wrong! There is still a part of DOMA on the records. It is of course the States. There is an article in DOMA that does give the rights to the STATES to define what Marriage is. Please do your research first before condemning others.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:54pm
  24. Why don’t they just give up & get over it?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:17pm
  25. It’s the governor who is working so hard, NOT Utah. May I remind you, it was a Utah judge who ruled the Amendment defining marriage between a man and woman unconstitutional. Don’t blame the entire state for one man or one group’s views.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:18pm
  26. And who votes these idiots into office? Well, the people.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:30pm
  27. Actually, it was a FEDERAL judge that ruled the Utah constitutional ban was in fact unconstitutional under the federal constitution.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:48pm
  28. Utah's state courts were not involved in the judicial proceedings.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:48pm
  29. It was the people that passed it in the first place.... So yes, we can blame the State.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:52pm
  30. It was a federal judge, not a Utah judge. Federal judges are appointed for life.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:04pm
  31. Utah officials need to get over it! Seriously!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:18pm
  32. Haha..Oh ok UT..Lets see how this goes for you. Just give already, embrace change and progress.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:19pm
  33. Not a chance. From the same court that already declared DOMA unconstitutional ? I don’t think so.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:21pm
  34. GOP: working as hard as they can to deny basic human rights to others

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:21pm
  35. Come on Utah Fight them with all you as you and all deserve equal rights across the board

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:21pm
  36. Oh just look at all the money the state could lose if they DT go on with the marriage other states would love to have like Illinois Iowa

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:22pm
  37. Actually, “holy matrimony” is between a man and a woman as defined by the current religious dogma of the RCC, having been changed directly some time around 1307. As for “marriage” the definition in a lot of places on Earth is far less restrictive and far less religiously based.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:22pm
  38. Good luck with that

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:23pm
  39. The state of Massachusetts as legalized same sex marriage for 10 years now and nothing evil or bad has happened except to make more money for the state with more weddings.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:23pm
  40. All I have to say is mormans are fake as hell and I should know I am one but I don’t believe in what they do anymore I am gay and I am more happy now then I was goin to that fuck hole of a church

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:23pm
  41. A fine use of tax payer money.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:24pm
  42. if the governor is worried about the sanctity of marriage, str8 people already messed that up when the divorce rate passed 50%… if we cant marry, they cant divorce!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:24pm
  43. There is no stopping Progress

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:25pm
  44. Como chingan! I am soo tired of tgem trying to stop gay marriage, it’s going to happen nationwide pretty soon, get over it people

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:26pm
  45. DIDN’T THEY ALREADY TRY THAT IN CALIFORNIA?!?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:27pm
  46. Utah asks scotus to stop marriage equality during appeal. Equality, that is.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:28pm
  47. And another state keeps wasting tax payer dollars fighting something they cannot win.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:29pm
  48. Sarcasm: stop equality and approve polygamy lol

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:29pm
  49. Keep it up Utah and I will not buy anything from Zagg, 1-800 Contacts, Flying J, Mrs. Fields, Overstock, Skullcandy or fly SkyWest Airlines! I won’t even accept a connection at any of your airports. I vote with my pocketbook. Period! I am gay and I have money to spend. I have a choice where to spend it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:30pm
  50. not gonna happen as they’ve ruled same sex marriage is legal.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:30pm
  51. Why are they wasting the taxpayer’s money to start a fight that eventually will be taken out anyway. We will win. Marriage equality will be in every state, eventually. They need to just let it happen and move on with their poor lives.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:30pm
  52. UTAH! Men have multiple wives… and yet – they don’t want same -sex marriages! Weird…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:30pm
  53. Unlikely SCOTUS will touch this.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:31pm
  54. they estimate the cost to fight this at 2 million dollars… im pretty sure this state could use 2m for something much better.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:32pm
  55. And now we wait.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:34pm
  56. Somebody get the church a big tube of vaseline..it’s gonna be a rough month.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:34pm
  57. I’m wondering how many poor and homeless could be fed, clothed and housed for that money, or how much free medical care could be given.
    What a noble cause they’re fighting for; makes me sick.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:34pm
  58. And this is why the GOP is doomed, constantly taking away rights, breaking laws and making our lives more difficult!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:35pm
  59. The people have voted it in, they also voted YOU in. Want to keep that job? DON’T BITE THE HAND!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:38pm
  60. I bet SCOTUS doesn’t even address it,, and throw it out. Since there was a ruling already. Utah your fighting a losing battle…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:40pm
  61. I’m so irritated with this.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:40pm
  62. I find all of this ludicrous! Especially from a state where polygamy was once accepted and encouraged!!!! One man/one woman was “redefining marriage” in UTAH!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:40pm
  63. Apparently the Utah who’s opposing gay marriage isn’t speaking for all it’s residents, the residents who want to love and cherish one another that is… Hold you head high and let those bastards cry…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:45pm
  64. No state has the right to categorically deny the application of the 14th amendment.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:47pm
  65. Hmmm but the Mormons want polygamy legal????? Can we say hypocrite?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:48pm
  66. Is this nonsense ever going to end?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:51pm
  67. I so long for the day when equal marriage goes nationwide because, then, there is not a single thing on this earth that these bigoted Neanderthals will be able to say or do about it. They might as well be trying to fend off Godzilla with a slingshot! LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:55pm
  68. Your Drunk Utah, go home!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:58pm
  69. Jeanette Holland, just because there are men with multiple wives in Utah doesn’t mean it’s legal!!! Duh!! And Len Rogers, there are no Mormons that I know of that want polygamy legalized. I would love to see the money go to much better use.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:05pm
  70. Thank you Dave W Crawford Jr, it is often misconstrued as being completely gone, when it was only a portion of it.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:05pm
  71. Appeal should be denied.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:08pm
  72. Really?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:08pm
  73. Of course they do.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:10pm
  74. Omg… Give it up… It was ruled as unconstitutional… Your NOT going to win this battle… Stop wasting tax payers money on this crap… Same Sex marriage doesn’t affect anyone but the two people getting married… What other people do in their homes and their bedrooms is none of anyone else’s business… Plain and simple

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:11pm
  75. If the church wants to claim marriage to be a religious institution why are the so eager to get the government to ban it? The government is ok as long as they are on their side?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:13pm
  76. heck in some states its legal to marry your cousin just not ur gay cousin.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:14pm
  77. Karma is a flaming gay queen getting married to his boyfriend in yo face!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:17pm
  78. Let’s see if the high court backs Bigotry or not hmmm?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:17pm
  79. I would love to see this appeal be the catalyst that strikes down discrimination against LGBT nation wide. Then those a-holes who brought it to the supreme court can take the brunt of the anger from the other unenlightened state governments.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:21pm
  80. Screw you Utah, it’s happening so just deal with it!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:23pm
  81. Imagine that, using gay people’s taxes to finance an attempt to deny those very same gay people their equality. The mind boggles

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:25pm
  82. This could end up being a very good thing!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:26pm
  83. Screw Utah! When Utah stops pandering to cults maybe the state can be taken seriously .

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:27pm
  84. The Mormons are at it again … they lost in California and Hawaii.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:28pm
  85. SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:28pm
  86. Marriage is a CIVIL RIGHT. Not a religious right

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:29pm
  87. It is only a ritual in the church. Nothing more than that.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:30pm
  88. The Mormon church is out of line in many aspects. Apart from mingling in politics which they should not do or lose their tax exemptions status. Second, the government fails in passing the Lemon Test which prevents from any one religion being advanced over another, hindering or allowing the excessive mingling between government and religion. Allowing the Mormon church or any other religion to manipulate our government and laws to their benefit is illegal and unconstitutional.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:33pm
  89. Oh for crying out loud Utah give up the sinking ship!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:39pm
  90. WAAAAAAH. Godforsaken crybabies.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:45pm
  91. What do you think they are going to say after they ruled on this topic last Summer?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:47pm
  92. Fun to see the Elders of the Church squirm like a bunch of little devils caught in a bath of Holly Waters !…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:48pm
  93. Again!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:50pm
  94. It looks like Utah is suffering from a severe case of #fullofshitis

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:58pm
  95. Children do not do better in straight families, psychological research shows they do just as well if not slightly better, especially children of lesbians.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:58pm
  96. Oh fuck them , just piss off mormons!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:05pm
  97. GIVE ME A BREAK.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:23pm
  98. Go fuck yourself Utah

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:32pm
  99. I think the Supreme Court is off today. Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:35pm
  100. Utah sucks!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:40pm
  101. Isn’t gonna happen!! Progress doesn’t stop just because some want it to!! Utah should be proud!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:42pm
  102. LOL Good Luck You Bigots!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:43pm
  103. That’s BS–SCOTUS won’t do $hit!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:46pm
  104. Well I hope and pray that this get’s Denied!! Today I married my Long term partner of 19 1/2 years, right here in Washington Utah!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:54pm
  105. Why do people keep asking the supreme court to stop the marriages during an appeal, when every time this has been asked, the court says to screw off? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:05am
  106. It’s under Justice Sotomayor, HIGHLY DOUBT she’ll stay the decision.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:06am
  107. And what happened to separation of church and state? Marriage is the binding ceremony showing that two people are deeply in love and their souls are blinded together in that love. Utah is fighting a pointless fight. Give it up Utah

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:25am
  108. Apparently, the State of Utah has no idea that marriage is a LEGAL CONTRACT. Since when does the SCOTUS interfere in legal contracts drawn up between two consenting adults.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:32am
  109. how about NO?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:37am
  110. I am in a relationship and thank god that Washington allows “gay” marriage but as I see it it isn’t a gay marriage it is just a marriage with all the same ups and downs of heterosexual marriages so do us all a favor and stop whining and evolve with the rest of us

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:48am
  111. Here’s hoping for another rejection. Please do the right thing, Justice Sotomayor.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:03am
  112. Well, their hate may have taken them to their doom nationwide. Although it is unlikely this case will be accepted, if they DO decide to touch it, then the ruling can set precedent for every other state to follow suit- like dominoes, they can fall, one way or another.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:05am
  113. LOL but they were known for being able to have multiple wives? Yeah God forbid that same sex people would marry

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:34am
  114. ……not gonna happen…..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:37am
  115. one day there will be no loopholes left, and marriage equality for all. some people are just “sore losers”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:43am
  116. and u can quote me on that!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:44am
  117. It won’t happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:59am
  118. Best news all day.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:18am
  119. The Supremes must stop this, but probably won’t because everyone knows the gays love Diana Ross. But a little known fact : since gay marriage passed in NJ there has not been one single heterosexual marriage since. See how dangerous gay marriage is?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:28am
  120. why should they be “stopped” they are completely legal

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:33am
  121. Such bullshit! What a bunch of sore losers.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:46am
  122. Getting closer to the big Victory!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:07am
  123. boy is this killing the mormons

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:08am
  124. tell us the court said no

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:26am
  125. Id cry if no

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:27am
  126. sorry fuckers Supreme Court has already ruled on gay marriage, get the F…over it gay people are gonna get married

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:27am
  127. I mean yes shi* sorry

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:27am
  128. Not gonna happen lol

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:27am
  129. SCOTU has a policy of not settling questions of state,law vs. state constutions. When the Prop 8 ruling was announced, Chief Justice Roberts indicated there are no plans to change that.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:28am
  130. Voter approved, it would be unconstitutional to repeal this. See prop 8

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:28am
  131. nope

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:28am
  132. The more I study religions the more
    I am convinced that man never
    worshipped anything but himself.
    ··· Sir Richard Francis Burton

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:30am
  133. can’t we just nuke texas, utah, and “red” (redneck bible pushing fucks) states? we’ll never have peace with out a little bit of push….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:30am
  134. Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice. ··· Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:32am
  135. I think it’s bullshit that people think miss are healthier when raised with a mother and father… How many kids come from broken homes? Who cares if two people want to live each other and spend the rest of their lives together happily? Who are they hurting? Only 8.9% of this country is out of the closet So how is letting that small percentage get married going to hurt the sanctity of marriage?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:33am
  136. Lol

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:34am
  137. Fuck NO!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:36am
  138. I come from a broken home (My Mother and Father raised me as a Mormon. My Mother- a lifelong member of the LDS faith cheated on my Dad and they are divorced.) I don’t give a shit about “traditional marriage” I’ve seen the worst outcome of it. LET THE LGBT PEOPLE GET MARRIED UTAH, YOU IGNORANT BIGOTS!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:37am
  139. fuckIng Mormons. Course, its not all of em. Those that are Mormon and don’t follow those idiots, I’m sorry. I only mean to offend the offenders.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:39am
  140. So proud to be an EX-Mormon right now. I wish the church would follow its own beliefs. Article of faith #12.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:42am
  141. Boooo!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:42am
  142. I’m slowly leaving the LDS faith. It’s poison and I’d rather not be a member of such a bigoted hateful church. I say slowly because I still feel loyal to it because it was how I was raised. But as I’m coming to realize, just because I was raised as a Mormon, doesn’t make it right!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:43am
  143. Gillian Kira lyoness, you just helped me realize that I am not a coward. No more will I be tolerant of the intolerant. No more.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:43am
  144. And I strongly disagree with their views on almost everything except how families are important. To me, you don’t have to be “traditional” to be a family. Family is found in those who are there for you when no one else was and is not defined as just between a man and woman anywhere in my mind!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:48am
  145. David peel, piss off.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:52am
  146. I’m mad as hell at them for Prop 8. My friend told me that it was overturned and therefore irrelevant now to the fight. Does that mean that African Americans who were beaten and killed for the colour of their skin back during the Civil rights movement should just get over the racism?! FUCK NO!!! And I refuse to let their poison spread. Love is love. No H8!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:53am
  147. The U.S. Supreme Court never ruled on Marriage Equality, you idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:59am
  148. Just because a heterosexual couple lives together doesn’t mean it’s not a dysfunctional family.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:09am
  149. Can someone explain to me why they are allowed to bluntly lie in a court document? It has been empirically disproven that the “kids raised by a mom and a dad to better”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:19am
  150. Hey David Peel that has got to be the most ridiculous statements I’ve read in 2013!
    You must love Faux News!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:21am
  151. Rlly people let it be . Leave gays alone like hell cmon

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:24am
  152. What the ever living hell is wrong with this state?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:40am
  153. Lauren Kasdan …They still think it’s the 1800s. .-. **sigh**

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:43am
  154. Ain’t gonna happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:13am
  155. Oh please. Give it up, already! Equality means everyone.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:26am
  156. I have friends who were raised with just their mom and aunt or mom and grandma, and have turned about better then my friends raised by a male and a female, it’s what the person has in their heart and what values they teach you that makes you a good person its not dependent on gender.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:31am
  157. They to grow the hell up realize that gay people are Americans to and their for they should have every right to get married and have equal rights to.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:35am
  158. Give it up

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 6:09am
  159. Isn’t Utah where the Mormans practice polygamy ?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 6:20am
  160. “On average children navigate developmental stages more easily, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when reared in that environment,” ….hmmmm…President Obama?…Stephen Colbert?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 6:23am
  161. I just knew they wouldn’t let this last. I was shocked when I heard about it on the 20th..what a shame

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 6:45am
  162. After the turn-down they got from the 10th Circuit, I think UT has a snowball’s chance of getting a stay from the Supremes. The standard for getting one there is even more difficult to meet than at the Circuit Court. So keep on marrying Utahns! 2014 is your year!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 6:58am
  163. I really can’t believe they’re still going at it in the courts. Nothing that these couples are doing is affecting anyone else in anyway. Just like a straight couple getting married—who the hell cares? Ugh, so sick of this shit.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7:32am
  164. David Peel, to put it mildly, is full of shit!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7:56am
  165. Strange legislative system… FIRST you pass a law, THEN you allow challenges… DUH? Wouldn’t it be better the other way ’round? Less confusing, cheaper too!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:13pm
  166. So great gay marriage becomes legal in Utah after all the money the Mormon Church spent to stop it in California.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:17pm
  167. Um yeah, have fun with that

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:22pm
  168. I see two scenarios. #1 The Supreme Court slaps it down saying, “States decide and yours has decided on equality.” (That would be good.) #2 The Supreme Court slaps it down saying, “Discrimination is unconstitutional” and wipes it out across the nation. (That would be better, mostly because it would then be the fault of the Utah haters that brought it to the Supreme Court in the first place and all the other hater states would be mad at them.) Let’s hope for #2.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:43pm