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Published: Monday, April 22 2013 6:15 p.m. MDT

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Eugene, OR

Meanwhile, a committed gay couple who wants to legalize their union is a threat to the "sanctity of marriage."

What sanctity?

Baton Rouge, LA

Stand-up guy. I wonder whether she agreed to marry him because she's actually on his side or because he threatened her with something worse than what she's already experienced.

South Jordan, UT

Hurray for "traditional marriage"!

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Life is the most important thing. I try to look in the crystal ball and see what the future will be. All i see in this case is a lot of pain. for her and children. The gay thing that KJB1 brought up, I see no future, no life after life to keep live alive.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Did I miss where he's from? I wonder who married them? Where were they married?

Kearns, UT

If they are now married, I guess they will now need new housing. The new husband will not be allowed to live in approved BYU housing with a bunch of other girls. Hopefully, this girl will understand what abuse is before she starts cranking out babies.

Salt Lake City, UT

This goes to show that in this country, visas, student visas, and citizenship are handed out far, far too frequently, easily and indiscriminately to persons who in one way or another disrespect this nation and its customs and thus should never be allowed on U.S. soil. Yes he is here on a student visa, according to another article.

According to his defense attorney, he has "a supportive family in the area and a steady job" -- meaning, he also has been working here illegally, since persons here on student visas are not allowed to work here and take an American's job in the process.

Fortunately the victim survived defense counsel's numerous, shameless efforts to counter law enforcement's efforts to protect this woman's safety.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Will you stop with the gay thing. It's completely irrelevant.

Salt Lake City, UT

I generally do not approve of parents/in-laws meddling in the marriage of their children. However, in this case someone needs to talk some sense into this young woman. Thinking about it, somewhere this young woman has learned to accept, tolerate, or maybe even enable an abuser. The cycle of abuse continues until someone becomes strong enough to break it.

To the young woman: you are are a daughter of God, you deserve to be treated accordingly.
To the young man: You are a son of God, do what is right.

Don Bugg
Prince Frederick, MD

KJB1 seems to be saying that since there are already people who threaten all that is good about marriage by engaging in sham marriages, there is nothing sacred to protect. That's not true. There is sanctity in marriage, and it does need to be defended--especially from shams like this one.


She really needs help. Even if she manages to break away from his abuse, she will just fall into another trap.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm to tired to re-read this story and try to figure it out.

Nothing about this story makes sense to me. Man, people are different aren't they?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

This isn't traditional marriage. So that arguement is over.

This is a case of an abusive boyfriend, with a girl that has been abused and either fears for her life, is brainwashed or is really dumb enough to go with this guy. That part still needs to be sorted out.

Either way, it does raise a question if this guy is here legally or not.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

Don Bugg - I don't believe that is what KJB1 is saying. The tongue-in-cheek aside, I believe KJB1 is pointing out the fact that any one single marriage does not affect another marriage. For example, the fact that this guy is apparently engaging in a sham marriage has no affect whatsoever on my relationship with my wife. It doesn't matter how flippant marriage is to someone else, it is sacred to my wife and I and that is all that matters.

Along that same line, two loving, committed men who want to get married is totally fine by me and I applaud them for finding someone with whom they want to spend their life. It has zero affect on my Temple marriage because nothing could change how I feel about my wife, especially someone else's actions. Why do opponents of SSM give complete strangers such "control" over their personal relationships?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

@anti-liar - there is absolutely no way that immigration laws can filter out anyone who may later act inappropriately.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Johnny: Ya, I agree just like the Boston bombers who we were warned about and the FBI interviewed and decided they were good kids!
Stalwart: So what are you going to do when they go after the Church to be married in the Temple? New Zealand has approved gay marriage and the churches have been told they must marry them.
This is not really on the topic, however.

Was this girl "brainwashed" like the girl who married the "Boston bomber?" Isn't it about time women stood up to these abusers and yes, they both are/were abusers?
Are you saying he was a student at BYU?

Bountiful, UT

This guy assaults a girl to the extent she wants him prosecuted, he then convinces her to marry him. He is a super salesman. If he would change his ways and fly right, no doubt he has a good future ahead of him.

Farmington, UT

Pass on this guy, young lady, and let him do some hard time. In the meantime, get ahold of yourself and think through things a bit. This guy doesn't own you (wasn't it your right to date someone else???) so why do you think that marrying him is the answer? He must have threatened you. He's a poor choice of a husband and just after he goes to jail, I'd have it annulned. Then find a new life, one you deserve.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I'm sorry, Ms. Morgan. This level of detail is not needed in a public newspaper. You can properly describe a court hearing, court documents, without quoting such inflmatory detail. "When she refused to hand over her phone, Leiva ripped off her clothing, including her shirt and underwear, the charges state." We need to know that he "ripped" the clothing off? A sexual assault by it's nature would indicate as much. This defendant deserves any punishment rendered to him, and I hope he gets a lot. I just think the article could have been written in a more professional manner.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

That young lady needs help.
The perpetrator needs to be held accountable.
Using one sham marriage to protect another sham marriage is a double sham.

Abe Lincoln used to ask a question: "If you were to call a dogs tail, a leg, how many legs would a dog have? Somebody always said; "Five" to which Abe would say; "calling a tail a leg does not make it one. A dog only has four legs."

Calling a same sex union a marriage does not make it one any more than calling a tail a leg give a dog an extra leg.

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