“Any judge who takes the full, rich, broad and factually accurate view of marriage as a social institution upholds the constitutionality of [exclusive] man-woman marriage.”
– Marriage Law Foundation President and attorney Monte Stewart, opposing the California Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriages in the Salt Lake Tribune.
“It will be interesting to see how many Utah couples go to California to get married and to secure benefits there.”
– Yana Walton, the Utah Pride Center’s Director of Communications on the California ruling.
“Earlier today, the California Supreme Court struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a ban that had existed since a voter referendum in 2000.
Why does this matter, especially for non-homosexuals who live in non-California? As San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom pointed out, “It’s a throwaway line, but I think it’s true: As California goes, so goes the nation.”
As California goes, so goes the nation.”
– Q Columnist Ryan Shattuck writing about the California Supreme Court ruling on his blog at bullshattuck.com.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes that same sex marriage can be an emotional and divisive issue. However, the church teaches that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is the basic unit of society. Today's California Supreme Court decision is unfortunate.”
– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ official statement on the California Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.
“As an active member of the LDS Church, I am greatly disappointed that the church continues to look at gay marriage as a threat to the institution of marriage. Increasingly, those of us who have family members who are gay wonder when the LDS Church will assess the real impact of monogamous gay relationships as a healthy and viable alternative that is not in conflict with God's revelations.”
– Provo resident Richard Vincent in a letter to the Deseret News criticizing the LDS Church’s stance against gay marriage.
“I like Mormons. I love crazy-ass stories, and those Mormon stories are crazy.”
– Scott Thompson, openly gay member of Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. The Kids performed in Utah on May 13.