Texas reps: Gay marriage will lead to incest, pedophilia. Herbert invites monument supporting senators to visit Utah. Cliven Bundy: God showed me the way.
Happy Thursday. As Texas seeks to reinstate its ban on same-sex marriage, 63 Republican lawmakers signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief saying that if the courts recognize gay marriage it will be a slippery slope toward legalizing incest, pedophilia and polygamy. "If the right to select 'partners of their choosing' is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge," the brief states. [HuffPost]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert sent invites to all 14 senators petitioning for a new national monument in Utah to invite them to visit the state and see how it manages its own lands without federal control. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Rancher Cliven Bundy, a Mormon, says God inspired him toward a path to avoid a civil war in the standoff with federal agents in April. [Trib] But his rhetoric puts him on the fringes of Mormon beliefs, says a BYU prof. [Trib]
In other news: Murray will make a $141,666 payment to UTOPIA despite concerns by city officials that the fiber-optic network is severely troubled. [Trib]
-> Meanwhile, six Wasatch Front cities plan to ask voters whether they want UTOPIA to be run by a private company in exchange for monthly fees. [Trib]
-> Keeping on the UTOPIA beat, a federal appeals court says articles penned by former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder under the pen name Richard Burwash were not defamatory. [Trib]
-> Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, wants to name Utah's new federal courthouse after Sen. Orrin Hatch once he finishes his current term. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley suggests why Congress must be so tired this year to need a five-week vacation. [Trib]
-> The average tenure of state senators is just under eight years, and if you take out a few of the long-termers who skew the average, it's about five years. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bryan Schott notes the problem with appointing state lawmakers to fill empty seats and allowing lobbyists to donate their time to help out. [UtahPolicy]
Nationally: The worst kept secret in Iowa? That Sen. Rand Paul is running for president. Already, the tea party favorite is miles ahead of potential 2016 Republican contenders. [WaPost]
-> A wave of corporations are looking to jettison their U.S.-based headquarters for more tax friendly foreign soil in a move that has Washington policymakers fearing a loss of billions in tax revenue. [WaPost]
-> Sen. Pat Roberts became the latest Republican to beat back a tea party primary rival, thanks to some big help from Washington. [Politico]
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-- Thomas Burr