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.
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.
West Valley City
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