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Letter: Herbert wrong on love and Constitution
First Published May 23 2014 05:47 pm • Last Updated May 23 2014 05:47 pm

Gov. Herbert’s penchant for hyperbole embarrasses Utah yet again. His discomfort with gay marriage exposes not only his narrow view of love and family, but also shows his deficiency in constitutional matters. ("Guv: Defend gay marriage bans," May 23). Expressing disappointment in his fellow governors who are not defending same-sex marriage bans, Gov. Herbert pronounces such failures as "tragedies leading inevitably towards anarchy."

Gov. Herbert’s myopic view of safeguarding laws on the books fails to take into account the essence of what makes America’s exercise of democracy such a uniquely effective model. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison laid the groundwork early on to prevent tyranny of the majority.

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A democracy cannot hold if the majority vote to withhold the freedoms of a minority. The majority may not abuse its power to violate the basic inalienable rights of any minority. Regardless how anyone opts to justify laws banning same-sex marriage, its overt discrimination against a minority cannot be defended. Contrary to our governor’s fantasy of anarchy resulting from failing to enforce the will of the majority, he ought to come to appreciate that which makes our nation great: Protecting the constitutional rights of all its citizens.

Tom Goldsmith

Salt Lake City

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