UT to Make Marriage a Felony?
PlanetOut News Staff
Friday, February 9, 2001 / 07:51 AM
An effort to protect young girls from (heterosexual) polygamy in Mormon-dominated Utah is getting more notice for how it would treat those who do ceremonies for same-gender
The Utah state Senate on February 8 unanimously approved a bill targeting polygamy – after ensuring the measure would make it a felony to perform a marriage for a gay or lesbian couple. The religious right’s leading legal expert on family issues, Brigham Young University professor Lynn Wardle, believes SB 146 would only apply to gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies if the parties involved sought some legal benefit of marriage. But a more liberal Salt Lake family law attorney, Laura Milliken Gray, believes lawsuits are certain to ensue. The bill moves next to the Utah House. (Enactment of a similar anti-polygamy measure will soon be sought in Arizona.)
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Have we really reached the point in this country where a person who performs a public ceremony which pronounces to the whole world that the two people before them will love each other until death do them part is considered a felon?
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