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  • steinpeeps
    March 2, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    Citizens don't vote on the constitutional rights of other citizens. Even if a majority is against these rights they are guaranteed...even his right
    to make his argument...or should we vote on that too?

  • Johnson
    March 1, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    What is the opposit of straight? "Twisted" that's what the gay life style is......"Twisted"

  • TimInChgo
    Jan. 30, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    So much for keeping Big Government out of our lives. Cons are against Big Government unless it's THEIR Big Government.

    The hypocrisy is astounding.

  • Swift
    Jan. 29, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Go back to Utah and stay out of DC. We don't want Congressman Chaffetz involving himself in our local politics. He has no place here. This is beyond contempt.

  • Why I don't claim Utah as 'home'
    Jan. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Chaffetz said: "Thirty-one times in a row when it has come up for a vote in the states, traditional marriage has always won." Well, guess what? If we would have waited for a popular vote to allow women/minorities the same rights as white men, we would still be waiting.

    I firmly believe it is the responsibility of the majority (in this case, heterosexuals) to protect the rights of the minority. Too many people in this country confuse "democratic republic" with "majority rules". There's a differece, folks.

  • DC statehood
    Jan. 29, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    we should give the residents of DC statehood. They deserve a voice in congress and two senators. Thats the right thing to do. Some Mormon from Utah shouldnt have any say at all in what happens in DC.

  • Pagan
    Jan. 29, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    'I can't wait until we make all the Children in DC GAY!!!! YAY!!! Soon, they will hear about Gay Marriage in DC in the 2nd grade... - 4:01 p.m.

    This is why prop 8 will fail. Because of fear mongers lik this, who used children as human shields against logic. MA has had gay marriage for almost 6 years now. If a 2nd grader askes, I'm sure a adult would tell him/her gay marriage EXIST'S, just as they would with straight marriage, right?

    Now, does that mean the gay community will come in, guns a blazing and teach a 2nd grader about sodomy?

    I doubt it.

    Children do need to learn in school. And the only thing they will learn from the gay community is that they exist. No more. Sexual education SHOULD be the responsibility of the parents.

    And yet, many do not teach their children these fundamental things.

    In gay marriage, the gay community is after MARRIAGE, not your children.

    Only haters claim that.

    And so, when the foundation for Prop 8 is exposed as nothing more than bigotry and mindless hate, we will begin to ask WHO started it all.

    'YAY!!!'

  • Pagan
    Jan. 29, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    'The people should vote for themselves on something that so fundamentally changes the nature of their society.' - 4:57 p.m.

    And yet, when the question of HOW this changes society, many do not have an answer, correct?

    Can you give me an example of how gay marriage would affect a seperate, straight marriage?

    I didn't think so. No one has ever been able to give me a factual example of this. Only 'it will hurt my morals' or somesuch. You know what? Why didn't your morals get hurt with interracial marriage? How about Utah's constitutional change from 'two people' in marriage to 'one man and one woman' in '04? These are changes in marriage, correct? Where was your outrage then?

    It seems with a (in some cases) 73% divorce rate (not including all 6 members of a family's marriages together) you only care of changes of marriage ALLOW another group to enjoy the rights of marriage you covet.

    Because trust me, if you can, or are married and you work to deny it to someone else, coveting marriage is the only thing you do.

    Not honor it.

  • Traditional Marriage? LOL
    Jan. 29, 2010 7:54 a.m.

    As I read these comments the one that really sticks out to me is regarding a "protection of traditional marriage." This is such a joke! Heterosexuals have really screwed up "traditional" marriage.

    The divorce rate in America for first marriage, vs second or third marriage 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.”

    According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America:
    The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
    The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
    The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

    Come on people! Traditional marriage is SO sacred??? Stop getting Las Vegas weddings and then divorcing after the hangover the next morning. Keep Utah's small-minded bigotry in Utah.

  • Kip Bright
    Jan. 28, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    I live in DC. If approval for Gay Marriage were to come to a vote in DC it would pass by a wide margin. (Bush only won 8% of the 2004 presidential vote in DC, as an analogy). The religious right lost this one but they don't want you to think they lost it fairly and squarely.

  • One Human Family
    Jan. 28, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    For those pushing for a vote in DC, when can I vote on temple marriages for Mormons? Throw a few million dollars behind scary and untrue commercials in the South and what do you think will happen?

    Votes on human rights should never happen. If someone could raise a real, logical concern against two gay consenting adults from getting married, please voice them. Otherwise, stop letting your prejudice dictate laws.

  • jason
    Jan. 28, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Just so everyone knows, the reason we don't vote on these issues in DC us because we are not allowed to vote on human rights. That is the law here as it should be everywhere. Denying someone equal protection isn't something we do here because its popular. That didn't work out too well when the confederacy did it 150 years ago. Protecting the rights of minorities is an essential part of the US constitution. You people don't seem to mind if your hairdesser is gay or if you get a good laugh out of a drag queen in a movie. You only have a problem with us when we want to be treated equally. Thinking the instuition of marriage will be destroyed if we are allowed to marry is ridiculous. If you really want to fix marriage, why don't you outlaw divorce.

  • Asked and answered
    Jan. 28, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    "Also, why should Chaffetz, a Utah rep, play a role in DC's local government? Afraid you would lose a vote?"

    But here goes again - because it's in the Constitution. Because the people of D.C. are upset that this is being forced on them.

    "You fail to recognize the voice of the people unless it agrees with you."

    Try looking in the mirror. The people should vote for themselves on something that so fundamentally changes the nature of their society.

  • Gay Agenda
    Jan. 28, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    I can't wait until we make all the Children in DC GAY!!!! YAY!!! Soon, they will hear about Gay Marriage in DC in the 2nd grade and they will start asking their mommies and daddies if they can grow up to have same-sex marriages, and adopt kids, and make THEM gay, too. YAY!!! We are definitely going to turn all the children gay....every last one of them.

  • Respect for marriage
    Jan. 28, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    "...respect for traditional marriage... - 10:42 a.m.


    How can you have respect for something that fails, half of the time? "

    My parents have been married for over 50 years. My brothers and I have a combined 75 years of marriage among the three of us. And we all respect marriage, and have good ones.

    See, when you have committed people who are committed to each other, who work through their problems, who get married with the idea that it's going to last forever and are willing to work as hard as it takes to make that happen, it works. Marriages don't fail because the idea of marriage is flawed, they fail because one or both partners fail to make the necessary effort. Selfishness can doom any relationship.

    By the way, that figure of 50% failure includes all marriages. Including people who get married and divorced multiple times. If you just look at first marriages, the failure rate is much lower. If you look at active LDS temple marriages, it's under 10%. Those people get married with that forever, commitment idea. That it matters eternally.

  • Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    'Thus the voice of the people was ignored and the political will of the concilmen was imposed upon the voting public without the ablity to vote.' - 1:39 p.m.

    Not so much. The political will of the councilmen (or women) was ELECTED to represent the voting public.

    As I have said in the past. If you want to get every person's vote on gay marriage, get to work.

    There are 305 million Americans in our country at this time. The 'legitimate' claim is that we elect REPS in this country. Not mob mentality.

    Rights of minorities in this country are protects as much as the majority. In this case, gay marriage, these rights have YET to be provided at all.

    And yet it's ok to collect gay taxes, isn't it?

    Also, why should Chaffetz, a Utah rep, play a role in DC's local government? Afraid you would loose a vote?

    And last, no one has ever answered why they cannot come up with facts against gay marriage. Not a book over 2,000 years old.

    You fail to recognize the voice of the people unless it agrees with you.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    How did you manage that in your "marriage". - 11:44 a.m.


    You got problems.

  • Re: Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    "And just WHO exaclty elected these councilmen? Leprechans? All this talk of how legislation dosen't 'adhere to the will of the people' but ONLY when it supports gay marriage"

    Your claim is false on its face. Unless all of the DC elected councimen openly stated that they supported gay marriage in their campain platforms, the people did not directly or indirectly vote for gay marriage. Thus the voice of the people was ignored and the political will of the concilmen was imposed upon the voting public without the ablity to vote.

    Are you scared of a popular vote in DC? If you honestly think the gay community has the votes in DC to pass the kind of gay marriage initiatves and legislation that Chaffetz is proposing, you should be chomping at the bit to get a chance to give the legitimate residents of DC the opportunity to vote on this issue.

    So which is it? You want to deprive the legitmate residents of DC the right to vote on gay marriage or do you favor elected officials or Court imposing their wills upon the people while the people as a collective body have no say in the matter?

  • John
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    Way to go Jason !!!
    You're great and understand the times.
    Gay mariage is a cancer of society.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    ...respect for traditional marriage... - 10:42 a.m.


    How can you have respect for something that fails, half of the time?

  • @12:40
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    you are right about one thing they did vote.

  • Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    I think traditional marriage would win again. - 12:40 p.m.

    Only due to the scare tactics many employ against gay marriage. My example? Prop 8. How many times has the word 'pedophile' been used in this case against gay marriage?

    I take no issue with solid, respectful debate.

    Until that happens, who is the one who is scared when they use the name of their belief structure to defend marriage?

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 28, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    Chaffetz hasn't accomplished nothing, he did do something, he talked to TMZ. Bravo.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 28, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    It sounds like a lot of gay activist are against letting the people vote on it. Yes, I know they voted in the representatives that passed it, but that still isn't the voice of the people. I say let DC vote. If there is a big gay community there to pass it...then great. But if it gets turned down then there will be a big stink.

    I think you guys are scared that it wouldn't pass if the people voted on it with a ballot. I think traditional marriage would win again.

  • To: Phillip
    Jan. 28, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    "we have children and grandchildren"

    How did you manage that in your "marriage". Must have had the assistance of a member of the opposite sex at one point. I was not aware gay couples could reproduce. Will you demanding that right next?

  • Philip
    Jan. 28, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Correction,
    In my earlier post I meant to say that we can't file our taxes together.
    Repeal DOMA I could use the cash.

  • @ @Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    @Pagan | 10:42 a.m. Jan. 28, 2010

    I agree!

    I think Chavez's proposal to let DC residents vote on this issue has merit.

  • Chaffetz is a ...
    Jan. 28, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    joke.

  • @Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    Pagan, whether or not I pay attention when I vote is besides the point - and by the way I do. When information is scarce about candidates for lesser positions like school board or city council, I've been known to find their phone numbers and call the candidates up. And they are always so surprised and willing to talk - cause I may be one of a handful - or the first to do so! Most people pay attention to the big races, then when they get there on election day, see the rest of them and vote like I said - either keep the incumbent or throw the bums out on all the little races.

    And no, it's not fear on gay marriage. It's respect for traditional marriage, strong beliefs about morality, and a desire to keep things they way they have been in every society around the world for all of recorded history. It's only in the last decade or so that gay marriage has been legal anywhere.

    The people of D.C. are mad now - their city council did what they wanted whether or not the people wanted it.

  • Trooper
    Jan. 28, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    Chaffez, stop your GRANDSTANDING and start working on some of the problems that need to be handle. Leave the gay people alone and TSA you are a joke to me frist trying tosell out the safety of this country on the airlines and now this.

  • Pagan
    Jan. 28, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    'But now that there's a reason to pay attention...' - 6:44 p.m.

    If you do not pay attention when you vote it is no wonder that Utah is being lead by the party of 'No!' or the GOP for so long.

    With the $700 million dollar shortfall of Utah's budget combined with the 3,000 tons of radioactive depleted uranium, you must be very proud.

    And I'm glad that you implied that the people of DC are ignorant in their voting. Because your not, right?

    The ONLY reason people call for a vote by the peole in gay rights is because many use scare tactics or outright hatred to get that popular vote a certian way.

    Want to prove me wrong? Let's see how many times I can count the word 'pedophile' in the Prop 8 case to support traditional marriage.

    This is just more of the same.

    As such more and more people will be aware of the hatred that motivates a rep from Utah to meddle in the affairs of DC. Regardless of legalities, many would argue this promotes 'local goverment' correct?

  • Philip
    Jan. 28, 2010 8:00 a.m.

    I am married to a man One of the many that married in california in the time that we could. , we have children and grandchildren. None of the kid or grandkids are confused, and they are doing very well, as a parent I think we did a good job, we have no divorce in the family, or addiction problems, problems with the law. No children out of wedlock. I seriously wonder how many people out screaming about the definition of marriage can say the same about their families? The word does matter to both sides but what is really important is what you do with it. My wonderful husband and I have done a good job. So why shouldn't we have the same legal rights and societal respect that other get? One other thing I pay about 6 thousand dollars a year more in taxes because we can file our federal taxes together, seem hardly fair.

  • Right on Chaffetz
    Jan. 28, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    Let the freak show of hate comments begin. It's truly amazing to see the comments on isues like this from the boistrous "minority"

  • JMT
    Jan. 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

    Chaffetz....at it again! Grandstanding like heck. This is like his resolution on illegal immigration. It does nothing and really says nothing of note. Yet he rolls it out right before re-election and groups like the Eagle Forum have pittled like a little puppy over it. I swear, the right wing will buy anything if it includes a few key words. And I mean anything!

  • Chaffetz is right
    Jan. 28, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    1. The US Constitution says that Congress is in control of D.C.

    2. Rep. Chaffetz is doing his job. He is on the committee, and the “ranking” GOP on it.

    3. Are you afraid that Congress or D.C. will overturn the D.C. council vote? They may or may not, but they should vote.

    4. A large part of the population of D.C. belong to “black” Christian churches and are hopping made about the D.C. Council’s action.

    5. “All hell is going to break loose,” warned Barry, the former D.C. mayor, after the council voted 12-to-1 Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. “We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.”

  • Congratulations
    Jan. 27, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    What happens in other states and in DC can and does affect Utah. Therefore I support any effort to defeat gay marriage in any venue. I have no issue with the personal choices made by individuals as long as they do not expect me to support them in choices I beleive are wrong and immoral. I have the right to fight for laws which protect marriage between a man and a woman. Thank you Rep. Chaffetz for doing the right thing.

  • @what?!
    Jan. 27, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    yes thank you for opening your mouth and proving you are one try rereading the post you may ind people are claiming this should be a local issue decided by the counsel and not congress. Maybe before going off on your little holier then thou diatribe you should try to understand the arguments being presented

  • @Pagan 4:17
    Jan. 27, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Yes, Pagan, the voters elected them. And I'll bet that being city councilmen, that less than 20% of the voters even voted. That very few people were considering gay marriage issues when they voted. That half of the people who did vote didn't even pay attention to who they were voting for, and voted more based on either "he's been doing ok, I guess, let's keep things the same" or "throw the bums out and elect the other guy".

    But now that there's a reason to pay attention, the next election will hinge on how they voted. And being that a large percentage of D.C. residents are African American (54% according to U.S. Census), and African Americans are usually socially conservative about marriage - whatever they think about other Democrat issues (see California Prop. 8 where 70% of African Americans voted in favor), it's highly likely that the next election is going to see some turnover. Especially if they also get to vote themselves on the issue.

  • Just Wondering
    Jan. 27, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    What is this guy so afraid of?

  • Raymond Burgoon-Clark
    Jan. 27, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    @ Homophobic Mormons:

    How many wives did YOUR great-great grandfathers have?

  • get a clue ... liberal jerks
    Jan. 27, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with local control. D.C. not being a state is governed by congress according to the constitution.

  • Homer
    Jan. 27, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    I live in Arizona. I believe that a true conservative does not meddle in the private lives of other people. Mr. Chaffetz is not a true conservative. Perhaps the citizens of Washington, D.C. should be allowed to vote on the validity of Mr. Chaffetz's marriage.

  • Finally !
    Jan. 27, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Now he's doing things that will get me to vote FOR him. Keep up the good work Jason! Go after these issues and leave TSA alone. You're the Man !

  • Wow
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    How refreshing to see so many comments asking Mr. Chaffetz to focus on the business of Utah.
    As a resident of the DC Metropolitan area I can attest that DC support Gay marriage as a matter of principle on Human Rights and Social justice.
    The main opponent to Gay Marriage in DC is a Rev. Jackson who registered his name in DC but lives in Maryland.
    It seems that Mr. Chaffetz is "playing" a populist tune for his conservative constituency. He is making noise in Utah and not in the halls of Congress.
    Mr. Chaffetz would be well advised to limit his political expressions to areas he knows. Personally, I would expect a representative of Utah to be candid and honest with those people that put him in Congress. But then again, that is just my opinion and a Utah's problem.

  • Stop The Madness
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    With all the problems our country faces, Rep. Chaffetz is concerned with two consenting adults forming a loving, committed relationship? Really?

  • Pagan
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    'Some of those city councilmen just may find themselves out of a job next time they come up for election.' - 4:10 p.m.

    And just WHO exaclty elected these councilmen? Leprechans? All this talk of how legislation dosen't 'adhere to the will of the people' but ONLY when it supports gay marriage.

    Tell you what? There are 305 million Americans in our country today. To settle this, I want you to count the vote of each, and every man, woman and child to reach a conclusion on this.

    And while your at it, people's opinions change over time, right? Do it every year.

    Get to work.

  • What?!
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    This is to all those who, for some reason not quite clear to the rational thinking group in this world, decided to go on a diatribe. Did you read the article at all? Or did you just see the words gay marriage and DC and fly off the handle on your uneducated, ignorant tirade? Congress has Constitutional authority over the District of Columbia. As a member of Congress Chaffetz has authority over DC, even the apparently oh so venerble and infallible city council. Oh, and "he is the ranking Republican on a subcommittee that oversees district operations" so therefore...(wait for it) he has authority over DC. Become educated before you speak because its better to say nothing and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    So, I guess all this talk of protecting 'state rights', or in this case, local goverment is all a lie whenever Chaffetz thinks he should but in?

  • Sutton
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    "Garner the support, and you'll get your voice. But you won't be able to. Too bad."

    --Don't be so sure... with all the misconceptions about Mormons that people have, all it will take are just a few well placed “Mormons will destroy marriage and the family” Television ads paid for by the good Bible Thumpin’ Christians down south and it will probably easier then you think.

    Don't underestimate the stupidity of the American Voter...

  • The people haven't spoken
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Until they get to vote on it. Some of those city councilmen just may find themselves out of a job next time they come up for election. Let the people vote on anything this controversial, and have the city council get back to fixing potholes.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    3:46 p.m. - It would seem to me that the democratically elected officials that passed this ordinance are more representing the will of the people then some backwater bigot from Utah County.

    Buttars? Chaffetz? Your going to have to be specific. There are many.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    The people have spoken!
    And those people live in DC. Not Utah.

  • @The Will of the People
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    "The Majority of the people who live in D.C. oppose gay marriage. "

    Please cite your source. It would seem to me that the democratically elected officials that passed this ordinance are more representing the will of the people then some backwater bigot from Utah County.

  • Wouldn't it be nice . . .
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    . . . if Chaffetz would just mind his own business. The DC officials have spoken on this issue. He should just butt out.

  • So Much for
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    States Rights or in this case local DC rights ( Im well aware of DC being controlled by Congress) . Wake up Jason . Full Body Scans , Gay Marriage only a matter of time. Also only a matter of time until everyone figures out what a grandstaning media hog loser of a politician you are . My eyes are wide open to this fact now.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    3:24 poster.

    Please do not speak for me. I am a native to Utah and I think gay marriage would be fine.

  • @the will of the people
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    so if the "majority" of people in DC don't want this then why did the elect these people into office? it sound like the will of the people of DC did speak and now chaffez a Utahan is trying to over through their will.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    This is what Utahns want!

    Change Utah, change the world.

  • Pagan
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    'This is what Utahns want!' - 3:24 p.m.

    To exert your influence around the world against people who would normally not have a problem with you?

    Mission accomplished.

  • Eliot
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    "Is Chaffetz the rep of DC or Utah?"

    Both.

    Congress is given jurisdiction over DC. It's in the US Constitution.

    The Congress shall have Power To… exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States… (The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17)

    The Constitution really is a remarkable document. Its a shame more people don't read it.

  • Douglas
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    If I were in Chaffetz place I would do the exact same thing. Has anyone heard about the new Jazz Band? The name of the Band is: Barak Obama and the Democrats, with Nancy Pelosi as Lead Soloist and Harry Reid on drums; and their hit song is: "Sorry you lost your job; nothing we can do about it."

  • Hey TOG
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    Why should the Gay Community have to change the word "Marriage"? Tell me how is that compromising? You actually believe that the word Marriage is just for strait people?

  • Local Govt is More Accountable
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    The democratically elected representatives of Washington DC's residents, the City Council, passed this ordinance 11 to 2 after all manner of public hearings and public input.

    Now Jason Chaffetz comes along as the Congressional overlord just to mark his territory for the Utah convention? There's a reason a freshman congressman with no prior experience can be the ranking Republican on the DC sub-committee, because no else wants it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    The majority in DC do not oppose Gay Marriage... There is A HUGE gay population on DC... Keep your ignorance in Utah!

  • Utah Native
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    This is what Utahns want! We want to be known as a people that will stand up for the right thing. More power to Jason Chaffetz .

  • Chaffetz...
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    Diva! Get DOWN from that lime light!

  • blast 1331
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    My question is, why does he care about the laws are passed elsewhere? Truthfully, I don't think he would be very supportive if another (non-Utah) representative tried to overturn a Utah law, just my opinion.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    Is Chaffetz the rep of DC or Utah?

  • Pagan
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    So, because gay marriage should not affect Jason Chaffetz's marriage, he is against it?

    Isn't that like saying straight marriage will affect a gay person?

    Thanks for nothing Jason. Your shining examples of accomplishing nothing are being noted.

  • The Will of the People
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    The Majority of the people who live in D.C. oppose gay marriage. Rep Jason Chaffetz is doing the right thing as the ranking republican in charge of D.C. As discussed in the article, there are currently other attempts by the people to overrule this ordiance. This is just another case of liberal representives (D.C. city council) not properly representing their constituents. As we have seen nation wide, no gay rights marriage law has passed state wide by popular vote. The same would be true in D.C.

  • TOG
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    rights rights rights...you guys can do whatever you want however you want whenever you want. why do you have to make the word marriage a part of your gender-nebulas, family-nebulas confusing, pain causing lifestyle.

    he's making quite a statement that in all reality does represent how most people in utah/the country feel. once again whenever its put to a vote it wins. its only the volvo drivin courts that feel that the people are stupid and have to fix it.

    How bout we change the meaning of global warming or climate control to mean "burn more stuff" what if we ran off to court to have that changed so that the whole world started burning stuff. Definitions are important to you too. You've changed the definition of girl to mean boy boy to mean girl family to mean non-family BACK OFF I don't care if you have the same rights as hetro-marrages do, i just don't want what you do to be confused with what we do. Or to have the same title. come up with a different name than marriage and you'll have my vote. compromise for once

  • to Hey Jason | 2:54 p.m
    Jan. 27, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Garner the support, and you'll get your voice. But you won't be able to. Too bad.

  • Hey Jason
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    I am introducing a bill that will strip the rights of Mormons to get married to non-mormons. Because "its the right thing to do" based on my own belief system, you should sponser it in Congress.

    Please Jason, get out of the limelight. You may try to pass any law you want as long as I get to vote on your marriage.

  • Conker58
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    I think people with this type of predjudice and hatred should be voted out of office asap.

  • Hey Jason!
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Quit your posturing and worry about your own constituents!

  • The Rock
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    To Deb:

    Everyone has the same right to marry. What you want is the right to change the definition of words at will.

    Gay activists will do anything and go to any length to get what they want, and I don't believe they want marriage. They want respect.

    Legalizing murder does not make being a hit man an honorable profession.

  • Silva
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    Let's just mind our own business, shall we?

  • IT"S NOT A RIGHT
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    DC is not a state. He does have jurisdiction.

  • Deb
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    I see your attitude torward taking away the rights of others has no local boundries

  • anon.
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    Chaffetz is right that this is symbolic. It symbolizes his continuing ignorance.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    Jason,
    Your job is to represent the values and the people of Utah, not D.C. Get your self righteous views out of their lives!

  • thanks for nothing
    Jan. 27, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    thanks for standing up for local control Chaffetz. Oh wait, that right your not, I forget repubs only want local control when it fits their agenda. sorry my bad.