From: george chapman
To: Todd Weiler, Brian Shiozawa, John Valentine,
Subject: Utah Legislature needs to act to protect Amendment 3
Date: 12/20/2013 5:10:40 PM
The recent opinion that said Utah’s Constitutional Amendment 3 is
unconstitutional can be countered with a Legislative fix that
recognizes civil unions and gay marriages from other States as civil
unions, but keeps in place Utah’s decision that marriage is between a
man and a woman.
That provides the equal rights and sharing in financial benefits for
those undertaking this path. But it preserves Utah’s right to decide
the requirements for marriage and doesn’t require Utah to “bless” gay
civil unions as marriage.
Utah’s Legislature needs to act fast to stop this wasteful fight that
will just create hate and discontent for decades. Legislative
recognition of other States’ gay marriages and civil unions as civil
unions in Utah will protect our definition of marriage and stop this
Marriage between a man and a woman is one of society's oldest, most
solemn and deepest held beliefs. Many also believe that it is wrong
for a small segment of society to redefine such an old and respected
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