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Utah Attorney General joins anti-gay marriage Supreme Court challenges

Two days after the Utah Pride Center announced it would file its own amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay marriage, Utah Attorney General John Swallow has signed on to two amicus briefs asking the court to overturn rulings in California’s Proposition 8 case and the U.S. Congress Defense of Marriage Act.

“Traditional marriage is the bedrock foundation for families and society,” said Swallow in a statement released Friday night. “As part of my promise to protect Utah families, we will fight to make sure traditional marriage is protected and preserved.”

The statement said that Utah is among 40 states that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and Utah voters also amended the Utah Constitution to clarify this definition of marriage. Utah is one of 19 states challenging the ruling on Proposition 8 and one of 17 states defending DOMA.

According to Swallow’s office:

Proposition 8: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided California’s Proposition 8 violated the federal Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. A break from the position held for 40 years that federal courts would protect the states’ unique and important role to define and encourage traditional marriage by refusing to interfere with state marriage definitions or policies. The brief argues the decision has overridden the democratic process and the states contend it unconstitutionally violates California’s sovereignty and “it is a disintegration of perhaps the most fundamental and revered cultural institution of American life: marriage as we know it.”

DOMA: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals erred by striking down DOMA on similar grounds. The ruling rejected Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act which established the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. The brief contends the ruling “invalidated a federal law that affirms marriage as it has been understood for centuries by every American colony and state.”

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19 Comments

  1. The Utah AG office has been dirty for years, Swallow has taken it to a entire new level. Honesty is the bedrock foundation a society is built on Mr. Swallow, something you know nothing about.

  2. Swallow is up to his ass in this ethics violation thing with Jeremy Johnson. He has to call on his right-wing fundie supporters or he's going to be impeached and maybe imprisoned. So of course he's coming out against "deh gayezz". He has to. It's called "save my own ass time".

  3. Boooo! This is of course this is coming a guy who is under investigation for ethics violations, and should spend a few years in prison.

  4. It is fantastic to see the Utah Pride Center joining in this fight. We need to let the rest of the nation and the world know that we're not all a bunch of fundamentalist bigots.

  5. Thank you for exposing this bigotry. DOMA must fall as it goes against certain other inalienable rights that we all have: To Love, To be ourselves, To be a part of our community.

  6. I am so looking forward to watching the Prop 8 ban be overturned and enjoying the pleasure of thinking of all the bigots who sent their cash to screw over my adopted state. With a little luck, who knows it could backfire completely on them and the high court could overturn all marriage bans. Unlikely, but who knows?

  7. HE'S A THIEF and a does not o'bay the laws, and is for big crime and t to protect the rich. HE'S AN ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!! impeachment is in order!

  8. Just when I thought this unethical douche bag could not get any more revolting. Way to piss away Utahns money on your narrow minded religious beliefs. Here is hoping that you and Gayle Razicka make it to that celestial kingdom very very soon!

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