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Published: Monday, Jan. 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Jason Williams
Los Angeles, CA

Had the U.S. Supreme Court not "dodged" the same-sex marriage equality issue with regard to Proposition 8 in California, the confusion that exists today would not exist. The Justices need to "step up" and rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in a decision that will apply not only to Utah - but to all 50 states. All the justices have to do is apply the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in ruling that same-sex couples have the same fundamental right to marry as do opposite-sex couples. It should be an easy case to decide.


This is sad news for those LGBT couples who want to get married but cannot because of government restrictions. They must now either be patient and wait for the 10th CoA ruling, or go to another state with more freedom and less government intrusion.

Layton, UT

Thank you for the stay.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I must say I am surprised but pleased that the Supremes did the right thing. Shelby should have immediately placed a stay while the decision was appealed. The fact that he didn't shows his activist bias. ANY good judge would have put the stay on and have allowed the judicial process to work.

If the voice of the people has any power left in this country, this thing will be overturned.

Eugene, OR

They'll examine the case and uphold the lower court's ruling. This is a bell you can't unring.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Good move. The people of Utah should not have to put up with a fundamental change to one of their foundational institutions because it had become fait accompli after the tyrannical and narcissistic ruling of an unelected federal judge ho did not understand the difference between not allowing somebody to play the game and not changing the basic rules to suit their fancy.

There is a Constitutional right to marry but that is real marriage. Same-sex "marriage" is a recent parody of the real thing. There is no right to make basic changes to an ancient and central institution like marriage without the consent of the people. Judge Shelby was making a policy decision not a legal one!

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah made $50,000 in just 4 days when it allowed gay marriage.

Now, utah will spend $2 million dollars to fight it.

When conservatives raise the 'false flag' of complaining about national debt?

I am going to remind them, of Utah.

Eugene, OR


The Attorney General's office was the one that was supposed to apply for the stay. Why should have Shelby done their job for them?

SomewhereIn, UT

Shouldn't have had to come to this - but at least the process is working.

I fear the day when the courts are so stacked that the process will not work as it was intended to.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

What is certain, though, is that no matter what we humans try to legislate, God's laws are immutable and eternal: the family is central to His plan, marriage is not a social or a constitutionally defined relationship - it is sacred, it is between a man and a woman.

st.george, ut

"Man law's cannot make moral what God has declared immoral." DH Oaks


Can't wait to read the various "legal briefs" from all the armchair lawyers here on DN. I had no idea there were such great legal minds in Utah until the gay marriage issue presented itself!

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

This has more to due with ego and grand standing than judicial rulings.

The SCOTUS feels someone has stolen their limelight.
They simply want to make the final ruling and go down in the history books as the one's who made it happen.

Visitor from California
Berkeley, CA

Hopefully a temporary setback. Utahns, look again at the joy on the faces of the same-sex couples married so far, and on the faces of their children and family members! Real human beings are involved here, and their getting to enjoy their rights doesn't take away your rights. Here's to justice and equality for all!

East Carbon, UT


st.george, ut

Some things are worth fighting AGAINST. Same sex marriage is one of them.

Normal Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you SCOTUS. One biased judge should not overrule millions if biased Utahns. This deserves further review. I read Judge Shelby's 53-page ruling and determined it is that length because there is no substance, so he instead went with quantity. There was nothing in there that hasn't been endlessly debated in these comment boards. Due Process and Equal Protection as required by the 14th amendment is very unclear when applied to the definition of marriage. In such cases, the will of the people rules..

Salt Lake City, UT

'Same-sex "marriage" is a recent parody of the real thing. '

Tell it to Utah before 1890. When Utah allowed Polygamy marriages.

Not much monogamy when your marriage is between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman and a woman…

is there?

The double standard to claim to want 'traditional' marriages from persons who's grandparents might have factually been part of a very UN-traditional marriage in Polygamy is truly shameful.

Now, let's talk about the case.

'Shelby should have immediately placed a stay while the decision was appealed.'

The state did not request a stay until AFTER the ruling. Not before. If this was truly a 'critical' issue for Utah instead of the 1.3 million cut of food stamps, action should have been taken by the state.

How has the record action gone, on this?

*'Judge Rules Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Is Unconstitutional..' - ABC News - By Jake Tapper - 01/08/10

*’Prop 8 declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL by 9th circuit court’ – by Michael De Groote – Deseret News – 02/07/12

*'Judge STRIKES DOWN Utah's same-sex marriage ban as UNCONSTITUTIONAL' – By Fox News – 12/21/13

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Great news!

Wonderful day!

Coralville , IA

"Wha'eva, wha'eva, I do what I want....!" Not a real age of leadership, this era we're living in, is it?! Oh, to be a Federal Supreme Court Justice, living the life of Riley on our hard-earned tax dollars, and not having to give any reason for my rulings!

Provo, UT

Uncle Rico,

No court ruling can make you a bigot. You have to do that all on your own.

This is hopefully a temporary setback in the struggle for marriage equality.

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