Since Windsor: The new legal landscape of same-sex marriage

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  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    June 27, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    It's not strictly correct to say, "a federal district court judge struck down Utah's marriage law." Utah's marriage law is just fine, except for the extra part that was grafted on to specifically exclude same-sex couples. That's the only part that was struck down. Except for a few FLDS types, no one even has any quibble with the rest of it.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    June 26, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    Attitudes towards same-sex marriage have changed drastically since DOMA and Prop 8 were passed.

    The greatest portion if this change can be attributed to the trials over DOMA and Prop 8. The public became aware of two overwhelming facts: 1) prohibiting SSM causes actual harm to real people, and 2) there are no legally valid reasons for prohibiting SSM and causing these harms.

    A sub point of the second fact is an awareness that allowing SSM does not cause any actual harm in the world.

    There are some who claim that requiring Christians to follow anti-discrimation laws in their business dealings is a harm, but as the baker in Colorado showed us, that is not really about marriage, since Colorado currently prohibits SSM.

    There are others who bemoan the children being raised by same-sex parents. But again, this has nothing to do with SSM as evidenced by the fact that same-sex couples are currently raising children without being married. Marriage will not create this situation, but it will stabilize existing families.

    SSM is winning in the courts for the same reason it is winning in public.