I was on the side of the state when it came to gay marriage, even though I grew up with a lesbian sister. I’ve believed that gay couples should have all the rights of a married couple just not marriage. I have been able to argue on the merits and believed the state would also. My sister didn’t agree with my argument, but she understood where I was coming from with full respect on both sides.
The brief the outside counsel has filed on behalf of Utah is a disgrace ("Utah filing: Gay-marriage ruling a ‘judicial wrecking ball,’" Tribune, March 15). It doesn’t argue on the merits; it argues religious belief in what a family should be. It makes me a second-class citizen in the eyes of the state, for I have chosen to be a single man without children. A lot of my friends are married without children. So, in the state’s eyes, I and so many others wouldn’t be a so-called "valedictorian."
The taxpayers of Utah have just paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a legal brief when a sixth-grade student studying the Constitution would have a done a much better job. Shame on you.
So what my sister Peggy was unable to convince me of, the state has. How ironic.
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