December 27, 2013

Same-sex couples shatter marriage records in Utah

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Jax Collins, left, and Heather Collins are overjoyed as they are married by Rev. Christopher Scuderi of Universal Heart Ministry on Monday (Dec. 23, 2013), at the Salt Lake City County offices. Hundreds of same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah to request marriage licenses. A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Photo by Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

Jax Collins, left, and Heather Collins are overjoyed as they are married by Rev. Christopher Scuderi of Universal Heart Ministry on Monday (Dec. 23, 2013), at the Salt Lake City County offices. Hundreds of same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah to request marriage licenses. A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Photo by Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune

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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In the week since a federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, the number of weddings in the state has skyrocketed, shattering records and accruing thousands of dollars for Utah’s 29 counties.

  • Frank

    Ironic that what some would see as a source of pride in reality is a source of great shame.

  • rickster

    frank –

    your religious views do not matter one whit when compared to the constitutional and civil rights of your fellow americans. if anyone should be ashamed it is the backward churches who still preach against gays using a the same book they justified invasions, forced conversions and slavery with. anti gay bias is the last heresy from the big old book of myth which you are allowed to use against people who you really have no complaint against. soon it and your ilk will be a thing of the past.

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  • Frank

    Its a shame you don’t know what you are talking about. And trust me the true church which follows the Word of God will never go away or be defeated. No one has that kind of power.

  • I support Traditional Marriage…and Non-Traditional Marriage.

  • Nip

    Yes, Frank, the “true church which follows the Word of God.” You mean the Roman Catholic Church, right? Or do you mean the Church of England? Or how about the Baptist congregations? Maybe the Unitarians? It’s so easy to pick out the One True Church from a lineup.

    Its (sic) a shame _you_ don’t know what you are talking about. Willful cluelessness in the service of bigotry–that’s a prize-winning combination.

  • Frank

    I mean any church who follows the Word of God. What name they call themselves is irrelevant.

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  • Duane Lamers

    Call it the book of myth if you like, rickster, but I suggest to you that the Decalog is a compilation of basic tenets found in virtually every society on the planet.

    Perhaps the “gay issue” has become the rallying place for all the disafffected people in the country, the people who insist “I’ll do whatever I want to do.”

    As for conservatives being “a thing of the past,”: consider: Birthrates are lowest among the liberals. It well may be that “the progressives” will themselves die out. Liberals are utopians. I suggest you take a look at what happened to utopian communities that were founded in this country in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Duane Lamers

    And maybe threesomes and other multiples, maybe including some who are not bipeds.

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