John M. Becker

Utah Op-Ed: 'Marriage' Amendments Motivated by Animus

Filed By John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Gary Herbert, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, op-ed, same-sex marriage, Utah

Salt Lake City attorneys and marriage equality activists Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay, and Brett L. Tolman, writing in the Salt Lake Tribune:

"The Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional precisely because it 'places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in second-tier marriage.' Thanks to the recent actions of Gov. Herbert, married same-sex couples in Utah now find themselves in second-class marriages.

"The state's actions demonstrate that Amendment 3 has always been about demeaning the lives and denying legal status to the families of LGBT citizens. The principal purpose of Amendment 3 has always been to impose legal inequality on gay citizens. Today Amendment 3 is literally being used to ignore marriages, not protect them."

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