6th Circuit Marriage Decision is Powerfully Protective of Liberty

By William C. Duncan Last week’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has thrown a wrench in the “inevitability” of a national mandate of gender-neutral marriage. The conventional wisdom after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the marriage cases in Utah and a handful of other states was that the issue was over. The confident prediction was of the eventual triumph of the (misplaced) idea that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from recognizing in their laws that marriage is the union of a complementary…

The Militarization of the Tolerance Police

Earlier this week I sent out a tweet highlighting the fact that somebody at BYU messed up and put cards celebrating same sex marriage out in the BYU Store. Similar to other mixups that have occurred at the University over the years (like the run on a vending machine selling caffeinated Coke last year), I found humor in the situation. Others didn’t, to the point that it actually hit the mainstream media.

Salt City Throwdown Podcast – EP 035: …And Justice for All?

It was a busy week. Everything was going along swimmingly until The 10th Circuit Court of appeals dropped the mic and reaffirmed what we and almost everyone else knows. Gay Marriage is the right thing to do, it is fair, and there is no basis to ban it. That would have been cool, but they dropped it in the middle of Charles Stormont making his campaign kickoff. Then we spend a half hour talking to Kate Kelly. Kate is the founder of the Ordain Women movement who earlier in the…

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.

Uninequality: 10th Circuit Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

The 10th Circuit has sustained the Federal District Court’s overturning of Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.  Here’s a link to the court’s written opinion. In the Court’s words: We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.

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,…