Federal court won't halt gay marriages in Utah as state suffers another court defeat

  • Article by: BRADY McCOMBS , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 25, 2013 - 8:18 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.

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Truckman182Dec. 25, 1310:01 AM

Then why have voting referendums if the court can pick and choose to over turn the will of the people?

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flatstanleyDec. 25, 1310:40 AM

Truckman182, because in America you have constitutional rights that a group of bigots can't take away by passing a referendum.

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littlelizardDec. 25, 1310:50 AM

Truckman...when a law passed by "the will of the people" violates the US Constitution the courts are obligated to overturn it. Regardless if a majority voted for it or not. The majority of the people cannot pass laws that infringe on the rights of any minority. The 14th Amendment. Try reading it.

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melloncollieDec. 25, 1311:19 AM

The will of the people no longer matters. There is no reason to vote. Activist judges will now legislate from the bench and make all decisions.

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chop1234Dec. 25, 13 5:19 PM

I think truckmans comment along with the responses illustrate why legislating by referendums is a bad idea. It's a good argument for representative government, politicans are not categorically a bad thing.

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melloncollieDec. 25, 13 7:06 PM

"when a law passed by "the will of the people" violates the US Constitution...." The constitution says nothing about marriage in it.

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crystalbayDec. 25, 13 8:16 PM

"Then why have voting referendums if the court can pick and choose to over turn the will of the people?"....................The so-called "will of the people" also favored slavery at one time. Progress - especially when it comes to human rights - cannot be halted even though the fundamentalists hate it. The ONLY "justification" for continuing to discriminate against gays is based in religious beliefs, and in America, there is a clear separation of church and state. Thank God.

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crystalbayDec. 25, 13 8:19 PM

"The constitution says nothing about marriage in it."...............nor does your bible, sir. There is no rationale other than religion ones which justifies not extending the same rights to gays as the rest of us enjoy. NONE. Your rapidly disintegrating support for anti-gay rights belongs to the 19th century, not the 21st.

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melloncollieDec. 25, 13 8:49 PM

"There is no rationale other than religion ones which justifies not extending the same rights to gays as the rest of us enjoy." Everyone has the same rights. Anyone can marry the opposite sex. Just because some choose a gay lifestyle does not mean the rest of are required to accept it.

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melloncollieDec. 25, 13 8:50 PM

crystalbay - You really ought to read the constitution and the bible someday. I have. You would be surprised what is in or not in both. I just love when non-believers try to tell us what Christianity is.

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