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The Gay Marriage Debate On Access Utah Thursday

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It’s been an eventful few weeks: First, a federal judge struck down Utah’s laws against gay marriage, including Constitutional Amendment 3, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. More than a thousand gay and lesbian couples were married across the state. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay as the ruling was appealed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now Governor Herbert has announced that Utah will not recognize marriages performed during that window.

On Thursday’s Access Utah we’ll ask you what you think. Should we outlaw or embrace gay marriage in Utah? Who should decide? Utah voters who approved Amendment 3 or the courts? Our guests include Utah resident Secily Saunders Keating who recently married her wife; Bill Duncan, Director of the Center for Family and Society and Executive Director of the Marriage Law Foundation at theSutherland Institute; and state Sen. Jim Dabakis.

Listen to each segment of the program and see more comments below, or check out the discussion on Facebook.


I have been married to my best friend for 40 years and have 3 children so I have a little experience in this area. I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had not been able to marry and share our lives together. My life dream is that our children marry their best friends (man or woman) and are loved and build a wonderful life together. Why would others want to take that right away from anyone? Why treat gay couples with less respect than another human beings? I hope that our state politicians will remember that they represent all of the citizens of this state. This is not a religious decision this is a human decision. Teri Providence

The state of Utah is irresponsible in spending millions of dollars to fight for an unconstitutional amendment when that money could be spent on schools. Hillary Hyrum
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I grew up with a very abusive father. Please let your guest know that I would have traded my traditional family for a loving gay couple in a heart beat! -Erin

States do not have the right to create laws to discriminate against groups of people. Good parenting is so much more than the gender of the parent. It’s embarrassing for people to say gay parents can’t make great parents. It’s a pretty ignorant position to hold. Gay marriage should be embraced. Catherine

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.