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Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 12:50 p.m. MDT

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New York, NY

It’s always fun when the Deseret News runs a story written by an author outside Utah, apparently without considering the incongruities it will present to its local readership.

The first line:

"More and more couples, both mixed- and same-sex, are electing to live together without getting married, and often this includes purchasing a home together."

Well, not in Utah.

In Utah, same-sex couples aren’t “electing to live together without getting married.” Instead, a bunch of their straight neighbors have elected for them and decided they have no other option. It’s been in the news a bit.

It's clear that mixed- and same-sex couples have the same legal needs and concerns when it comes to cohabitation and home purchase-- just another reminder of the continuing injustice that one kind of Utah couple can choose to marry and another can't.

Farmington, UT

I suspect newlyweds are also reluctant to discuss how to divide assets if they split. However, there are legal protections that come from being married. in the past, the most vulnerable partner was the woman. That's one reason there are so many single-parent families headed by a mom and dad has disappeared. Why would anyone want to perpetuate that model of hardship, instability and poverty?

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