5 Totally Legit Ways to Protest Gay Marriage

While gay marriage has been legal in Utah for a year and a half now, there haven’t been any incredible protests as a result of Judge Shelby’s decision. Sure, there’ve been some garden variety protests, but nothing like what is currently transpiring in Australia, where a couple will actually get divorced if gay marriage is legalized. Inspired by this intrepid Australian couple, we in Utah need to protest a little more creatively. Here are some painfully obvious ways to protest the LGBT lifestyle: 1.  Gay people can own homes. Therefore, to…

Kitchen Sink: The Ultimate Fate of Utah’s Amendment 3

With the 10th Circuit invalidating Utah’s Amendment 3 forbidding gay marriage in Herbert v. Kitchen, Utah has two options: let it go or keep fighting. Ultimately, while it may be more politically impactful to fight the 10th Circuit’s ruling, the result will be the same: gay marriage will be legal and lawful throughout the United States. This is a battle that was lost in 2003, the moment the Supreme Court invalidated Texas’ anti-sodomy laws with Lawrence v. Texas.

Responding to Questions About Gay Marriage Advocates Coming Out Of The Closet

My piece on gay marriage advocates outing the nature of gay relationships brought quite a reaction. However, I think the reflexive defensiveness missed the main points of the article. The responses to the article can be summed up in the following points: – This is a lie pushed by religious fanatic bigots! – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? Straight partners cheat too. – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? How do open marriages subvert marriage? This first response completely ignores what was actually written. This isn’t some fanatic, hater,…

On Gay Marriage, #YesAllWomen, and Cliven Bundy

The news has been weird lately, so let me just drop a few things here. I. The Daily Beast had a couple interesting posts this week. First was “Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?” Jay Michaelson writes that, you know what, most gays who are married aren’t faithful and this is common knowledge, and maybe this will help shift conceptions about monogamy. Eek. We know adultery has always been and will always be with us, but that’s not a good thing. And the article made a couple disturbing points,…

It’s Now Safe For Gay Marriage Activists To Come Out Of The Closet

Back in 2006, I came across an article by Stanley Kurtz titled, “Zombie Killers”. In it, Kurtz uses statements from cutting edge social scientists and gay marriage activists and shows how they were saying the same thing about the effect of gay marriage on traditional marriage that its defenders were saying and had been doing so for years. Phrases like,“the queering of the social calls into question the normativity and naturalness of both heterosexuality and heterorelationality” are just academic speech for “gay marriage undermines marriage”. It was a fantastic way of pulling…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: EP32 – Better Know a Candidate; Charles A. Stormont Edition

Its a new episode of the Salt City Throwown Podcast! This week we hit on a couple of important things before the show starts. And Smitty is also back on Track, so all in all it was a good week. First, we give a personal shoutout to one of the best guys a man could have. Simon Miller and his family are on the trip of a life time, so we sent them our best wishes and thoughts as they go to pick up their third adopted child from China.…

The Salt City Throwdown Podcast visits with Sen Todd Weiler.

Episode 17. Last time we had Todd Weiler on, it was via phone getting his reaction to the Kitchen v. Herbert decision. But then we had a fuse pop, and had to recover it. So Todd came in and joined us in the Studio to talk about life as a politician and some of the biggest issues that Utah is facing during this session, and what may be coming down the pipeline. So join us as we spend an hour and a half with Utah’s snarkiest member of the legislature,…

The Salt City Throwdown Podcast: An Interview with Trestin Meacham

This article was written by Adam “The Fish Guy” Andrews. Co-host and Producer of the Salt City Throwdown podcast.   On a recent episode of The Salt City Throwdown Podcast, we had the chance to have a conversation with Trestin Mecham. Many of you may remember him as the man from Monroe, UT who went on a hunger strike in response to Judge Shelby’s ruling on Utah’s Amendment 3. Never having met Trestin, I did what most people do nowadays: I looked him up online. On the top 12 results:…

Gay Rights, Equal Protection, and the Possible Resurgence of the State Action Doctrine

With the Amendment 3 appeal looming on the horizon, one of the great questions on people’s minds is, “To what extent would a decision striking down Amendment 3 on the ground that it violated the right of equal protection affect the actions of private individuals or businesses?” As always, the Constitution is the starting point.  The Bill of Rights protects only against congressional action (hence, the preface “Congress shall make no law . . . “).  Originally, neither individuals nor states were bound by any of the guaranties, except to…

Thoughts on SB100 and Amendment 3: Delayed Debate, Subordination, and Separation of Powers

UPDATE – February 10, 2014, 2:52 PM.  Daniel Burton of PubliusOnline confirmed with multiple sources at the legislature that it was not Gene Schaerr or the Attorney General’s office that instructed the legislature to put a moratorium on SB100.  This fits better with my impression of Reyes and Schaerr as smart guys and much more experience litigators than myself.  ——————– The talk of the capitol last week was the fate of SB100, Senator Urquhart’s statewide non-discrimination bill, which was tabled — ostensibly along with all other bills related to gay…