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Utah same-sex marriage ruling prompts petitions for and against

Sunday, December 22, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents and supporters of a federal judge’s ruling overturning Utah’s same-sex marriage ban both have launched online petition drives seeking support for their positions.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition urging Gov. Gary Herbert to let U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s ruling stand, according to organizer Tim Wagner.

Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

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J. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

“What I hope to get from this at least is to get the governor to recognize that there’s a substantial portion of the population of voters in Utah who don’t view this in the same way he does,” Wagner, who created the petition hours after Friday’s ruling, told KSL-TV.

Herbert has criticized the ruling, saying it attempts to “override the will of the people of Utah” and that the state will fight it to defend traditional marriage. He urged Shelby to grant a motion to stay the decision until the state’s appeal can be heard.

The Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah, created a petition to show support for traditional marriage. Without providing numbers, spokesman Bill Duncan would only say the number of signatures is beyond what was expected.

“We don’t hate anyone. We just understand marriage differently and we think that’s a valid viewpoint in the public square,” he said.

Both petitions aim to give people a voice. Wagner plans to present his to the governor, while the Sutherland Institute said its purpose is to galvanize public opinion against the ruling.

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Jessica Chavez said she’ll let her voice be heard, too. She and her partner of nine years plan to get a marriage license at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office on Monday morning.

“(I’m) … hopeful the people of our state will recognize the ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and we deserve as much as anyone to be married,” she told KSL.

Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet said his office would bring the stay motion to Shelby by 9 a.m. on Monday. If the judge doesn’t immediately rule, state officials would also ask the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to grant the stay.

Shelby said Utah’s ban violated the constitutional rights of gay couples and ruled that Utah failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect other marriages in any way.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. FOR!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:33pm
  2. Who wants to bet most of the “against” crowd are religious zealots?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:35pm
  3. Congrats you guys :)

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:40pm
  4. For!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:51pm
  5. when i think of those who oppose same-sex marriage, i think of those who embraced segregation and racial discrimination. there is very little difference to me.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:58pm
  6. Nor to the district judge. At the end of his ruling, he made the exact same point, enumerating the parallels between what's going on now and what happened in Loving v. Virginia when the Supreme Court turned over state bans on interracial marriage.

    Replied on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:09am
  7. FOR!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:16pm
  8. I am for…we ALL deserve to marry the one we LOVE!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:18pm
  9. They are a cute couple.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:19pm
  10. If the state department stops the federal ruling it will go to the State Supreme Court…. what will the defense to the state supreme court be….? Procreation….? Child welfare… they have no defense yet the Mormons will spend millions to try and ban it and guess what… they WILL loose again. They have a no precedent and SCOTUS as well as New Mexico State Supreme Court (just recently as of last week) ruled the “procreation defense” to be null.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:22pm
  11. drama

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:33pm
  12. ” we don’t hate anyone” please … No you just want to deny people happiness because you think its a sin,sounds pretty close to hatred to me,there are a lot of things I find disgusting and don’t agree with, but I would never won’t to deny those things to others I just ignore them,why can’t these people do the same.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:34pm
  13. Utah lost. Same sex marriage in Utah is the law now.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:47pm
  14. Congratulations Enjoy each other Always look off one another And be safe I hope I have luck in 2014 find someone In my life

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:59pm
  15. WORK IR GUYS!! EQUALITY FOR ALL, YOU HAVE TO LIVE FREE

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:13am
  16. FOR!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:54am
  17. Where can we find the ‘FOR’ petition? Please post! <3

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:58am
  18. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/let-it-stand-governor

    Replied on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:58am
  19. that one dude in the pic looks high as fuck. lol.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:41am
  20. The KKK and it’s NAZI allies evangelicals Duck Dynasty vomit are trying to get the law revoked gays unite and fight Homophobes with every weapon possible!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:01am
  21. As a gay man in Utah I am asking everyone reading this to please sign the petition asking governor Herbert to let stand the ruling. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/let-it-stand-governor

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:30am
  22. I love these guys. Hey you, we got married, in Utah, la, di,la, Di, da!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 4:18am
  23. It’s nice that people complain about their free speech and religion being infringed while they use their freedom to deny innocent people the right to legally form a family. But don’t worry, it is really the GAY people who hate marriage and families, yeh, that’s the ticket.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 4:39am
  24. Let them get married already and stop whining and bitching it is so stupid people acting worse then little kids because gay people want to get well hello they should every right to and by the way are going to let men merry more then one women and have as many wives as he wants you see that just not fair and not letting gay people get married is not fair ether so grow up and shut up because gay people are who they are and they are not going any where so their

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 4:41am
  25. not gonna give an opinion because I haven’t done the research on the new law……………….how many husbands or wives are you allowed to have in UTAH?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 4:50am
  26. The look of joy on the man’s face is wonderful!!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 6:26am
  27. As a Californian who resented the hell out of the Mormon church in Utah for foisting Proposition 8 on my state, I’m laughing my ass off!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:24am
  28. Wow! They wasted no time getting petitions out & signed as soon as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the governor’s stay. The governor says that “Gay marriage is not the will of the people of Utah.” That’s the same reason that the “people” did not vote on the right of interracial marriage. DOMA has been struck down by the SCOTUS, making gay marriage bans unconstitutional. GET OVER IT UTAH!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:37am
  29. What is right is not always popular. What popular,not always right.

    Replied on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:08pm
  30. Utah the moron state, the church of latter days saints, more like a cult faith,

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:05pm
  31. JUST LET PEOPLE GET MARRIED!!!!!

    I wonder if people stop to think, hey this is money that could be coming in…ohhhh I mentioned money maybe now everyone will allow “gay” marriages.

    So sick of this bullsh*t!

    How would “straight” people like if we were not allowed to get married!? No one thinks of this stuff!!!

    Pro-gay!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:22pm
  32. why can’t people just leave those who love each other alone.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:45pm
  33. Its like getting up a set of competing petitions, one for and one against life itself. I know which side I’m on.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:14pm