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Letter: It's silly that couple is married in one state, but not in another

Published November 16, 2013 1:01 am

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As Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey join the states with marriage equality, more that one in three Americans will live in states where same-sex marriage is legal. That's a big milestone.

With America being so mobile, it's time to put an end to the silly situation where a family headed by a legally married same-sex couple move to a state where it's not legal and, poof, they're no longer married. Then when they move again, poof, they're married again.

We're one nation, indivisible ... with liberty and justice for all, where all have equal protection of the laws, unless you happen to be gay.

It's time that either the Supreme Court or Congress act to ensure the Constitution's guarantee that "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state." It's only fair and just that that principle apply to all Americans who are married.

Brian T. Slade

Salt Lake City