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Utah: If gay rights is 'sacred issue,' Utah law is like sharia law

Published January 18, 2014 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am LDS. I am married for time and all eternity. I can't offer that to those in the gay community, but I support full civil equality, in marriage and everything else.

Why should I enjoy my eternal marriage if they do not have the right to enjoy their legal civil marriage? Like Jesus, I hang with "whores and drunkards and sinners," those who accept the love I have for them, or for almost all.

I am not perfect. I have no love for those who think they are better than thou. My friends would not spend three seconds with the "Orem-so-holy" folks. I am disgusted by spending money we need for education, medical care, food — for clean air — on this, a battle Utah will lose.

I will be public, and I will fight for what is right. People have said that what is right may not be moral. To you I say: What is moral is always right. If these are "sacred issues, how are we any different from those Muslim countries, ruled by sharia law, so many love to hate?

Miriam Hyde

Salt Lake City