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Published: Friday, June 20 2014 9:37 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014 9:37 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wonderful. How is he going to pay for this "free stuff."

It used to be that you won elections by promising "free stuff" to poor people. Now, you just have to give "free stuff" to the gay activists who helped you get elected.

Meanwhile, we are $17.5 trillion in debt, our borders for flooded will illegal immigrants, Congress is mired in deadlock, the tax system is broken, the IRS and the VA are corrupt or incompetent or both. Iraq is descending into a civil war, and Russia is gobbling up the Ukraine with military force. But, Obama is busy working "free stuff for gays" when he is not playing golf.

Maybe that is good news, considering the mess he is making of everything else he touches.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@dn subscriber

I will tell you what when the same "free stuff" is no longer given to heterosexual married couples we can talk until then the court was very clear that gay married couples are to be treated the same as heterosexual married couples under federal law. Are you not one of the same people that routinely claim Obama ignores the law?

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

If my mom was sick (who I really, really love), could I get time off? When my mom dies can I get her social security benefits. After all, I really, really love my mom. I would like the government to recognize the love that I have for my mother.

Am I second class citizen just because someone from my particular advocacy group wasn't a co-chair of Obama's campaign like Joe Solomonese from the misnamed Human Rights Campaign?

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@DN Subscriber

Good point. Following this logic, the Federal Government should cut benefits to all employees. There is no reason for the government to cover all those benefit costs to straight couples when we are in so much debt - the saving would be huge.

And, since straight people have no political influence and never, ever try to pressure politicians, cutting all those benefits should be really simple. Straight people won't object at all.

Brilliant idea.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

DN Subscriber, this is not "free stuff" anymore that it was "free stuff" when they first started allowing blacks to go to my high school. Why do you oppose letting a fallen veteran be buried next to his spouse?

Karen R.
Houston, TX

And the march towards equality for our LGBT brother and sisters continues. Good.

DN Subscriber, do you gnash your teeth over all of the "free stuff" that kicks in with each heterosexual marriage?

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

DN Subscriber, I'm not sure if you even read the article. Social Security and benefits are not "free stuff" any more than the SS benefits that you receive (or will receive) are "free"--you need to work and pay into the system to receive them when you turn 62 or become disabled. It sounds as though you think that gay spouses are lesser beings than straight spouses and shouldn't collect spousal benefits, yes?

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

DN Subscriber, I guess we all will pay for all the "free stuff" the same way we do for other couples that are privileged enough to get these "free benefits. I think these people pay taxes and work just like the rest of us so they are entitled to the benefits that they are fighting for. It is tiring to see people say that they are getting all this "free stuff" when all along they have been paying for YOUR free stuff!

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@N Subscriber 10:44 p.m. June 20, 2014

There is nothing being proposed that any other legally wedded spouse is entitled to. If some legally wedded spouses are entitle to the stated benefits then all legally wedded spouses should be entitled to them. Which do you prefer? All or none (including none for you and your spouse)?

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

I know how we can pay for all this "free stuff" we can take all these benefits away from you. You seem to enjoy all this free stuff paid for by LBGT people who work hard, pay taxes, serve in the Military and support your "free benefits". Let's take them away from you. Your letter is hypocritical. You get these benefits paid for but you want to selfishly keep them for yourself and yet still be paid for by the people you condemn!

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@dn news
The "free stuff" that has been given to married heterosexual couples sine long before Obame came along and that under federal law must therefore be extended to all legally married couples, that "free stuff"? How dare Obama follow federal law, he is obviously just playing politics.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@Tekakaromatagi:

Please explain why you and your wife are able to receive each other's benefits. Then explain why a similarly situated gay or lesbian couple cannot have the same rights. This has nothing to do with your specious "I really really love my mom…" argument. It is about equal treatment for partnered couples under the law.

If you can explain why you and your wife should have those legal protections, I can explain why gay couple gets it. But your assertion that a gay couple should not have it applies equally to a hetero married couple.

The problem is animus. It is an argument that has been shot down in court after court. It was the underlying basis for the Windsor decision, where Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were found to be a couple who deserve the same legal protections as other couples.

The fact that you think gay marriage is icky, or violates some rules set down by your invisible sky buddy, does not give you the right to deny equal protection under the law to gay couples.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

@DN Subscriber, so the "free stuff" should only be for heterosexuals? If homosexuals can't have any benefits, why should they pay any taxes? By the way, how many homosexuals do you think there are? You seem to have the perception that there are so many that the benefits they are given will bankrupt the country.

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

We could always stop invading the Middle East and actually invest into our country.

@DN

We haven't paid for stuff in a long time. Tax cuts for the rich, 2 wars, and a bailout? All put onto America's credit card. Where were your letters to the editor?

worf
Mcallen, TX

Taking money from working citizens and using it as government benefits is theft.

There is no excuse for this!

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@worf
Perhaps you would care to actually address the thirteen comment before yours that already addressed your comment.

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