Who will take the gold this year, for hating the gays?
Utah figured out that it cost more for people to be homeless than to be housed, so they gave them homes, and a social worker.
What a novel idea! ///
The more than 1000 same sex marriages that took place after the Utah court decision and before the US Supreme Court put a stay on further marriages will be recognized under federal law.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold.
The attorney general’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples.
Holder said the couples “should not be asked to endure uncertainty” regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah.
“For purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and be considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” he said in a video statement posted on the Justice Department’s website.
Meanwhile, El Rushbo considers this decision “Stalinist.”
Today the governor of Utah need not stay in office. He can just quit. You might recall that in Utah, government officials just stepped in, a court stepped in and said, “you know what? Gay marriage is not legal in this state. Eric Holder, the attorney general of the United States, says the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in Utah for the purpose of federal benefits despite the Utah governor’s directive not to, pending the Supreme Court’s review of the state’s ban. So that states, when you’ve got people like Holder and Obama in office, it doesn’t matter what governor’s do, it doesn’t matter what the people of the state want, what Holder and Obama want is what’s going to happen.
So you have the attorney general engaging in executive action, executive orders. Just as if Obama were to do it.
He’s right, of course. This explains why Holder is WAITING for further Supreme Court review. Joseph Stalin, the most tyrannical despot ever, the very picture of totalitarianism, the antithesis of the rule of law, would do the exact same thing. He would wait for another branch of the government to make a ruling on a law before taking any further action on it.
The resemblance is uncanny.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops.
Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns.
It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.
“We don’t know that those guns would’ve went somewhere bad, but with the unrest we just ended up not feeling right about it,” Davis told KTVX-TV.
Warren Jeffs, self-described “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), sits behind bars in a state prison in the east Texas city of Palestine.
But even though he’s serving a 120-year sentence for sexually abusing minors, Jeffs, critics say, still manages to run an isolated community of more than 6,000 people that straddles the Utah-Arizona border.
It’s a place unlike any other in America because, dissidents charge, it operates under a veritable theocratic form of government.
Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., known collectively as the Short Creek community, are home to a radical polygamist splinter group of the Mormon church. Members of the FLDS live in what is widely considered to be their stronghold in the desert.
For years, little was known about the secretive religious group. Members shunned publicity and planned their community on a border so they could move from one state to another if trouble arose.
But now Short Creek finds itself targeted by a national spotlight - and what’s being uncovered isn’t pretty.
Trestin Meacham invokes Ghandi.
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.
Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A federal judge has struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
As the Salt Lake Tribune noted, the ruling is the first to address whether states may ban gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act this summer.
Many similar court challenges are pending in other states, but Utah’s has been closely watched because of the state’s history of staunch opposition to gay marriage as the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A 21-year-old Utah man indicted last week on gun and hate crime charges in a synagogue attack is a prolific participant in online white supremacist forums.
A federal grand jury indicted Macon Michael Openshaw on Wednesday with intentionally shooting at Congregation Kol Ami Synagogue in Salt Lake City sometime between Jan. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2012.
The indictment accuses Openshaw of firing several rounds at the synagogue, breaking windows and causing other damage in a crime that federal prosecutors say was motivated by hatred.
Beyond Camp, other lawmakers scheduled to attend the rally include GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) along with Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio).