Thursday, December 26, 2013
Gay Marriage is Legal in Utah!!
It's been a crazy holiday season, but I've finally gotten to my computer instead of just my phone so I can finally write this. As you've probably heard, gay marriage is now legal in the most notoriously conservative state in the country, Utah. For those who don't usually follow my blog, I live in Utah, although I didn't grow up here. And no, I'm not Mormon and I'm not conservative, although I was raised strictly to be both.
Many people are surprised to learn that there is a pretty healthy homosexual community in Salt Lake City. I've known quite a few members of the community, and I can say most are decent human beings. In fact, some of my neighbors are homosexuals, and they are some of the best neighbors I have. There was huge excitement around here when the federal district court judge threw out Utah's traditional marriage law, for many reasons.
I was excited for the people who love each other so much and want to enjoy a union recognized by the government. Now nobody can deny them their basic rights as a couple. I was also excited since this is a major blow to the strangle hold the Mormon church has exercised on politics in Utah. With the exception of here and Park City, most Utah citizens vote blindly for Republicans who are also Mormon, and those politicians do what the church wants. I am for anything that breaks that religious grip on local politics, because I think it's dangerous in so many ways.
I also was excited since this ruling will undoubtedly spur more states to adopt laws that legalize gay marriage. The whole case is showing that the legal arguments against gay marriage are tenuous, at best. There's no legal argument for outlawing it. Despite what some fucking morons think, this is NOT a Christian nation but instead one built on a secular document called the Constitution, so arguments that the Bible outlaws homosexuality are irrelevant. Besides, the Bible also says women should learn in silence and that it's okay to own slaves and beat them as long as you don't kill them.
So far a bunch of stays from the state have been denied. It pisses me off that my taxpayer dollars are being used to fight something that should just be left alone. So many people here will vote to keep gay marriages illegal because the Mormon church tells them to, when in reality I'll bet most of them don't think it really hurts anyone. And now the Mormon church's spin doctor PR people are calling the judge's ruling "judicial tyranny."
All of this is happening after Mitt "Loser" Romney's run for the White House and the Mormon church putting together a website that was supposed to build bridges with the homosexual community. It's pretty fucking obvious that was all just cheap talk, lip service to help grease the wheels so the Mormon church could get what it wants. Everything will change when the church's not-for-profit tax status is threatened by its bigotry, just like in 1978 when it finally allowed blacks to have the priesthood. Like I've said before, to understand the Mormon church and Mormonism in general, follow the money because it is the thing that truly makes everything flow.