(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Coral Mangus, 63, center, and her partner of 25-years Andrea Dahl, 56, are married in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices by Reverend Patty Willis on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Mangus and Dahl joined hundreds of other same-sex couples at the Salt Lake County offices to request marriage licenses. Numerous officiants were on hand to perform the wedding ceremonies right after. A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Denver Post: Hard to believe, Utah got there first
The Denver Post
First Published Dec 26 2013 10:54 am • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:49 pm
A federal judge’s decision to overturn Utah’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman sets the template for what could happen in Colorado.
We hope it doesn’t have to go this way.
Make no mistake, we would like to see Colorado’s Amendment 43 overturned.
But we’d prefer it were done by voters, and that some group puts the matter on the ballot sometime in the near future. Voter-approved gay marriage would very likely be less controversial — and far less resented — than court-ordered gay marriage.
In March, Colorado lawmakers approved the Colorado Civil Union Act, which provides committed couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities.
Now it’s time for voters to approve the right for gay people to marry.
It’s hard to believe Utah got there first.
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