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Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 7:40 p.m. MST

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J. S.
Houston, TX

One of every eight people in Utah lives in poverty. and state government would rather waste $2 million to fight a legal battle against equality? a lost cause? and do they really have to hire expensive outside lawyers to do this? aren't state attorneys competent enough?

Eugene, OR

The party of Fiscal Responsibility strikes again.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

RE: the HRC:

Two thirds of the state support that expenditure to fight the judge's decision and don't believe the fund will be used on the "wrong side of history." Moreover, we believe that state have the right to determine their own side of history on this issue.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Anything to take money away from our public school children...

Quiet Neighborhood, UT

I would honestly like to know if supporters of gay marriage would also support people having multiple spouses. Would you have a problem if a multi millionaire married 50 men or women as long as they were all consenting?

Kaysville, UT

Let the supporters of Amendment 3 pay to defend Amendment 3.

Why should I pay taxes into something I don't believe in????

Dietrich, ID

Less than 2 dollars a person per Utahn maybe the people that bought the suit should pay.

Salt Lake City, UT

The more this gets bumped up the greater the chance of this ending in a Supreme Court making same-sex marriage national and it'd be all thanks to Utah. That'd be rather funny.

Dietrich, ID

Why are people who bought this suit critical in first place? Are they afraid they will lose and the voice of the people will prevail?

Brigham City, UT

Utah has a great economy (thanks to so many children; children are the key to wealth and key to future) so with a great economy, I say spend the money on great attorneys to protect a culture of family and children so the state can continue to prosper and thrive; Utah is going in the right direction, no need to change anything right now in history of world, hire the best, spend the most, and know that most of the Supreme Court believe in state's rights; Utah will win nine to zero on this one in Supreme Court. The Bible is more important than the Constitution, it has been around longer and will be around longer. Religion is more important than politics.

Mom of Six
Northern Utah, UT

I find it interesting that a good portion of those commenting on Utah's gay marriage initiative aren't from Utah....

Highland, UT


Although I do not know your personal beliefs, I am fairly confident that taxpayer money is regularly used for things that you may not believe in.

Stephen Van Orden
Mapleton, UT

Please don't waste money on this. It would be far better to spend it on class-size reduction in our schools.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Only a people blinded by self-righteous rage would spend such precious public money in a feeble attempt to reinstate an unconstitutional law that deprives fellow citizens of equality before the law.

Salt Lake City, Utah

So we can't fully fund education but we are going to spend 2 million on a losing cause. There is no way the state of Utah will prevail in this decision.

Nanook of the North
Phoenix, AZ

Wow. I'm a Canadian, and I seem to understand the US Constitution better than some of the commenters here. "Utah will win nine to zero on this one in Supreme Court." Uhhh, no, that is NOT going to happen. Marriage has been determined to be a right by the US Supreme Court (Loving v. Virginia and many other cases). Rights apply to EVERYBODY, even people you don't like or you disagree with or you think are sinners. As Rachel Maddow famously said, "Here's the thing about rights. They're not supposed to be voted on. That's why they call them rights." I think it's a pretty sad day when the state that spends the least on its public schools -- and has the student achievement stats to prove it -- decides to flush $2 million down the toilet.

Syracuse, UT

In what ways are marriages between heterosexuals and homosexuals the same thing? They are not equal, and fundamentally unequal from the beginning.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Just because men in black robes make something legal, that does not make it right or moral.
Fighting for moral justice is never a waste of money.

Spend whatever it takes. If that means less funding for schools, it is a small price to pay to preserve a better way of life for our children, and indeed traditional western civilization.

Salt Lake City, UT

Meanwhile, the school where I teach can't afford a ten-dollar-an-hour aide for the low-level reading class I teach that's crowded with 7th graders reading at the 1st and 2nd grade level. Nice job, Utah.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

I support traditional marriage and am willing to do whatever it takes, including financial contributions, to allow Utah to preserve traditional marriage. I consider it fair use of my tax money to defend our marriage law as we voted for it. I believe there are enough tax payers in Utah that all our funds combined will add up to having sufficient to cover the costs of this.

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