State of Utah Archives: on Civil Rights
Gay marriage bans deny rights to loving & committed couples
A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the US Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process: "The state's current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right
to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason. Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."
The judge said that while he agreed with Utah that marriage has traditionally been left
to regulation by the states: "The issue the court must address in this case is not who should define marriage, but the narrow question of whether Utah's current definition of marriage is permissible under the Constitution."
The ACLU of Utah filed an
amicus brief in the case and legal director John Mejia said the organization was "thrilled" by the decision. "We think that it was a discriminatory law that only served to deny loving and committed couples the protection and dignity of marriage," he said
Source: Salt Lake Tribune, "Marriage & Utah laws"
Dec 20, 2013
Traditional pillars of civil society under assault
The traditional family has been a cornerstone of society for thousands of years. With the pillars of civil society under assault, and the courts increasingly left unchecked
by the other two branches of government, leaving traditional marriage open to unchallenged interpretation by unelected judges would be akin to abandoning the field.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, danforutah.com
May 24, 2012
Equal rights for gays and lesbians
Recognition of the equal rights of gays and lesbians, and decent treatment of everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, is indeed one of the crucial civil rights issues of our time.
Although personal prejudices are difficult to overcome, we can--and should--achieve an approach in our public dealings that promotes fundamental morality--love, respect and compassion for all of our brothers and sisters.
And, in our public and personal lives, we can endeavor to comply with what is perhaps the greatest of all moral injunctions: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Or, as Rabbi Hillel (first century BCE) implored: 'What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow creature. That is the whole Law; the rest is commentary.'
Source: Anderson interview: The Enterprise, Utah's Business Journal
Dec 1, 1997