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Paul Rolly: Are you married? In Utah, it’s a multiple-choice question

By paul rolly

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 19 2014 09:39 am • Last Updated Aug 19 2014 10:07 pm

Sue Geary legally married Michele Page in Napa, Calif., last July. They also married Dec. 20 in Salt Lake City after Judge Robert Shelby deemed Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Now, it’s unclear what their status is, so Geary has devised a new marital-status questionnaire for all government agencies to use on their forms.

At a glance

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Marital status (check all that apply):

» Single.

» Divorced.

» Widowed.

» Married all of the time and everywhere.

» Married all of the time somewhere else, but not here.

» Married all of the time here, but not everywhere.

» Married here some of the time, but not today.


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» Married according to the federal government, but not according to my state government.

» Married for the purposes of some benefits, but not for others.

» Married according to my employer, but not according to my landlord.

» Married according to my clergy, but not according to your clergy.

» Married according to my mayor, but not according to my senator.

» Married according to my sister, but not according to my brother-in-law.

That ought to cover just about every circumstance, especially here in Utah.

Insult to injury » Marion Cox has spent years trying to memorialize the Mormon pioneers who were his great-grandparents and were among the first residents of the Fort Union area, which now boasts a giant shopping center in Midvale.

When the Family Center retail and business complex was being built, he protested the removal of the historic home of Jehu and Sarah Cox, who immigrated to Utah in 1848.

After the house was moved, he lobbied to have statues of the trailblazaing couple erected on the site of the original home, a parcel retained by Salt Lake County, although the shopping center itself has been annexed into Midvale.

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