— Gen JC Xtian patriot (@JC_Christian) December 21, 2013
Per the Washington Post:
A federal judge on Friday ruled Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in a state dominated by the Mormon Church, one of the country’s staunchest opponents of gay marriage.
“The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” Judge Robert J. Shelby, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, wrote in his opinion. “Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.”…
The decision, if allowed to stand, would make Utah the 18th state where same-sex marriages are legal and the second to allow them this week. Another southwestern state, New Mexico, became the 17th on Thursday when its Supreme Court ruled a ban there was unconstitutional as well….
This has been a banner year for the movement, with 10 states progressing toward same-sex marriage in some way, according to data maintained by the Human Rights Campaign, an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Bans have been overturned or marriages have begun — or have been approved to begin — in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and, now, Utah.
Nationally, public opinion on the issue has flipped in the past decade. In 2003, 55 percent opposed gay marriage while 37 percent supported it, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Today, the sides have virtually switched, with 58 percent supporting it and 36 percent opposing, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll in March….
I am required by local custom to remind you that our great Commonwealth of Massachusetts retains the honor of having gotten it right first (thank you, Judge Marshall!). The home of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, however, remains a very big ‘get’.