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Letter: Utah’s Amendment 3 supports U.S. 14th Amendment
First Published Apr 11 2014 06:18 pm • Last Updated Apr 11 2014 06:18 pm

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins with U.S. citizenship being granted to all persons " born" in the United States, or in other words a right granted to children. It also mentions that privileges of citizens (which must include children) shall not be abridged by any states’ laws.

Utah’s Amendment 3 is intended to provide and protect children born in Utah with the natural right and privilege of the benefits to be gained in a family with both a mother and a father. Utah’s Amendment 3 actually reinforces the "privileges" mentioned in the 14th Amendment. It protects the rights of the family members who have no voice of their own, namely the children.

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Those who would do away with Utah’s Amendment 3 would also deny children the opportunity and the privilege of a home with undeniably the best environment — a family with both a mother and a father.

Although Amendment 3 cannot guarantee that each child will have the privilege of being raised in a family with both a loving mother and a loving father, eliminating Amendment 3 will likely guarantee that more children will not have that natural, biological and many would say God-given right.

John Wightman

West Valley City

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