All of them should have. I also left out the part where the bill almost passed.
What bill? I read the article again; I saw no mention of a bill. Just Buttars' statement and reactions.
They're specifically targeting wills, power of attorney, end-of-life decisions...where's your compassion? It's practically a hate crime put in legal form.
I'd like to know the details about who's targeting what exactly. Also, are these rights that can only be obtained through marriage, or can people get them without it?
Utah's state constitution? I think you're giving a lot of credit to a document that doesn't affect most Americans.
No, I meant the U.S. Constitution. That whole "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
You never addressed my point that the purpose of that last bill you mentioned was to prevent the government from forcing religions into performing something antithetical to their belief system. Would it be ok with you to make Mormons perform gay marriages in their temples?
With making it legal to discriminate against someone because your god tells you it's ok? Which god? Whose god? What level of discrimination is going to be ok - maybe just non-violent discrimination? Housing? Job? Schools? Medical attention? Only on Saturdays? Only on Sundays? Only during Ramadan? Who interpolates god's will into state law? Etc..
Feeling tangential this evening? What a slippery slope argument you've presented based off bills that HAVEN'T EVEN PASSED! You'd think Utah was a theocratic dictatorship by your tone here. And I mentioned nothing about my god or any other. Get off the soapbox.
Defining marriage in its classical form, as between a man and a woman (and the laws that accompany it) is not discrimination. Any citizen has a choice to enter into that agreement or not. Spare me another compassion speech.
My overarching point is that you picked a bad state and a bad issue to say "it's only one idiot, not representative of the prevailing sentiment." It's pervasive. Think about it - if it had been a gay Democrat, she might have spit in his face before they ran him out of town on a rail, lol.
My representation of the prevailing sentiment in the state is much more accurate than your alarmist, gays-going-into-hiding myth.