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State of the Debate

On the equality front ...

First Published Feb 10 2014 04:45PM      Last Updated Feb 10 2014 05:01 pm

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) LGBT activists are arrested after blocking the doors to Senate committee room 210 at the Utah state Capitol on Monday, Feb. 9, 2014, in an effort to bring attention to anti-discrimination bill SB 100 with hopes of a hearing.

Utah cannot justify marital apartheid — Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay and Brett L. Tolman | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"To find conclusive proof that Amendment 3 is unconstitutional, the 10th Circuit Court needs to look no further than the brief filed last week by the state of Utah, which tries to justify second-class citizenship for same-sex couples in Utah based on the ill-founded belief that they are supposedly third-rate parents. ..."

Nevada AG ends fight to uphold gay marriage banAP/sltrib.com

"Carson City, Nev. — Nevada is withdrawing its efforts to uphold the state’s gay marriage ban.



"Attorney General Catherine Corte Masto filed a motion Monday to withdraw the state’s legal arguments in a case pending before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval says he agrees with the move, saying it’s clear the state’s arguments supporting the ban are no longer defensible in court.

"The decision means Nevada will not argue to uphold the state’s constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage that voters passed in 2002. ..."

NFL needs to grow up and accept gay players — Gordon Monson | Tribune Columnist

"This shouldn’t be a story. One day it won’t be. Today it is. Michael Sam is gay. ..."

Delaying anti-discrimination bill is simple injustice — Sim Gill | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"The non-discrimination bill, currently stuck in unnecessary fears and hesitation, is an opportunity for intellectual honesty or an abdication of responsibility.

"Anything that may remotely be connected to LGBT issues is being put on hold. Under such an approach, we should just shut down the Legislature because almost any legislation will impact some gay person. Gay citizens are a part of our social and political community. All laws impact all of us, LGBT included. ..."

Shut down the Legislature? Well, sort of ...

Utah troopers arrest LGBT protesters at Capitol sit-in — Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested 13 protesters blocking entrance to a Utah Senate committee hearing Monday afternoon. ..."

Utah should not have two tiers of families — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

 

 

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