Post # 1
I just heard on the News, that the State of Utah joined the list of US States that now recognize Same-Sex Marriages.
On Friday ~ December 20, 2013 – Judge Robert J. Shelby of the US District Court for Utah struck down the state’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban, deeming it unconstitutional. Marriage Licenses & Marriages began almost immediately in County Offices. An appeal has been filed.
The entire story can be found here:
CTV News = http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/federal-judge-strikes-down-utah-s-ban-on-same-sex-marriage-1.1603282
This brings the list of US States to 18 & DC
- New Hampshire
- District of Columbia
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
That is 37.25% of the USA States (representing 38.9% of the population)… in 10 Years since the first, Massachusetts in November 2003.
Getting there… slowly but surely !!
Post # 4
I’m not american but this is great! I’m from New Zealand originally and I was so happy when NZ made same sex marriage legal. It wonderful!
Post # 5
Holy shit, really? I wouldn’t have guessed Utah would go for it. Way cool.
Post # 6
I am American and I was so happy when I read it in the news; I’ll be even more happy when ALL the states finally get it and are equal to all people. I just wish other states would get with it! I know personally, when I invited a very good friend of mine who is gay to our wedding… I couldn’t help but feel bad that our state won’t let him and his partner of 12 years get married. Honestly I don’t know if they would/want to… I just know they don’t have that option and there’s no good reason why not.
I have another friend who moved out of state so that he and his spouse could be married and be recognized by the state they live in. They opened two businesses where they moved that have been going strong (one for 3 years, the other for over 2 years)… and that could have contributed to our local economy here if it weren’t for prejudice. They both lived here and would have preferred to stay but wanted to be married and recognized by the state they live in (and I don’t blame them).
I’ve seen this quoted in several news articles (this is from CBS) but I saw it on USA Today and I forget the original place I saw it. It pretty much sums up my feeling (no reason not to let them have the same rights as anyone else basically):
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
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.
I mean honestly, no one loses anything and LBGT gain rights they should already have. Simple as that. Even if I can’t imagine a same sex partner in my wildest dreams, there’s no way they should be denied marriage… period… unless they are bi I’m sure they can’t imagine a opposite sex partner either. Marriage has long since passed something only the church did, and we’re supposed to be a country that seperates church and state… it should be legal anywhere in the country. If we based marriage only on church I shouldn’t be married, DH is athiest and I’m not religious at all… I don’t really classify myself, I guess agnostic leaning towards athiest.. I can’t image what it would be like to be denied marriage for what or who I am/how I believe in my heart.
ETA: Long soap box post, I know, but really I couldn’t help myself and I don’t regret it at all.
ETA again to remove crazy extra spacing when editing 🙁 hopefully I fixed it, sorry!
Post # 8
@This Time Round: Wait! You mean the Utah in the US? Dude they don’t even like caffine, how’s that possible?
Post # 9
Wow, Utah? Really?? That’s excellent news! Maybe there is hope for some of these other uber red states…
Post # 10
@MrsTangerine: I totally agree. 🙂
Post # 11
Voters in Utah voted to ban same sex marriage. The law was struck down by a judge as un constitutional
Post # 12
Federal judges are very powerful.
Post # 14
I can’t believe Utah is legal before Oregon. Ugh. I think it might be on the voting agenda next November.
Post # 15
I’m hoping Indiana will be on there next =]
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@hermom: good! That’s what should happen in all the states where votes end up like that!