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Senator Orrin Hatch Defends DOMA, Thinks Civil Unions Will Keep Everybody Happy

Senator Orrin Hatch believes civil unions will solve the country's inequality issues while saving the word "marriage" for heterosexuals, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

HatchThe senator made the comment Wednesday at the end of a wide-ranging interview on Logan station KVNU, where he also said he doesn’t believe people choose to be gay, but "I draw the line on traditional marriage."

...Hatch, R-Utah, defended the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and hopes the court will allow each state to handle this controversial issue on its own.

"I’ll say this, I do believe this could be solved greatly by a civil-union law that would give gay people the same rights as married people," said Hatch, who mentioned hospital visitations and tax benefits. "I think we can solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country."

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  1. oh my.. We can ? but why didn't we ?

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 8, 2013 2:30:41 PM


  2. Civil union would have been accepted by the gay community 30 years ago, but not now.

    The younger generation will not accept anything but marriage.

    Your civil union idea sailed long after you denied it to us decades ago.

    Posted by: Tim S | Apr 8, 2013 2:36:07 PM


  3. Civil union would have been accepted by the gay community 30 years ago, but not now.

    The younger generation will not accept anything but marriage.

    Your civil union idea sailed long after you denied it to us decades ago.

    Posted by: Tim S | Apr 8, 2013 2:36:13 PM


  4. Hey Senator! If Civil Unions are so hunky dorey why don't we give those to straight people and let us have marriages!

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 8, 2013 2:39:16 PM


  5. Hey Senator! If Civil Unions are so hunky dorey why don't we give those to straight people and let us have marriages!

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 8, 2013 2:39:25 PM


  6. Hey Senator! If Civil Unions are so hunky dorey why don't we give those to straight people and let us have marriages!

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 8, 2013 2:39:37 PM


  7. IN order to make it the same rights as he said the law would have to basically read that Civil Unions are Marriage for the purposes of federal law... NO matter how that is worded the Right would not except it, and frankly neither would we.

    Posted by: Randyowen | Apr 8, 2013 2:41:07 PM


  8. IN order to make it the same rights as he said the law would have to basically read that Civil Unions are Marriage for the purposes of federal law... NO matter how that is worded the Right would not except it, and frankly neither would we.

    Posted by: Randyowen | Apr 8, 2013 2:41:12 PM


  9. IN order to make it the same rights as he said the law would have to basically read that Civil Unions are Marriage for the purposes of federal law... NO matter how that is worded the Right would not except it, and frankly neither would we.

    Posted by: Randyowen | Apr 8, 2013 2:41:42 PM


  10. Oh Senator Dinosaur; you are still out of touch with society. DOMA will fade away but not as fast as you from the political scene. Marriage in the USA is not being undermined; it will simply expand to same sex couples. I know your mormon brainwashing has trouble contemplating that; but we'll all move on without you.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 8, 2013 2:42:20 PM


  11. Oh Senator Dinosaur; you are still out of touch with society. DOMA will fade away but not as fast as you from the political scene. Marriage in the USA is not being undermined; it will simply expand to same sex couples. I know your mormon brainwashing has trouble contemplating that; but we'll all move on without you.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 8, 2013 2:42:26 PM


  12. Oh Senator Dinosaur; you are still out of touch with society. DOMA will fade away but not as fast as you from the political scene. Marriage in the USA is not being undermined; it will simply expand to same sex couples. I know your mormon brainwashing has trouble contemplating that; but we'll all move on without you.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 8, 2013 2:43:05 PM


  13. Oh Senator Dinosaur; you are still out of touch with society. DOMA will fade away but not as fast as you from the political scene. Marriage in the USA is not being undermined; it will simply expand to same sex couples. I know your mormon brainwashing has trouble contemplating that; but we'll all move on without you.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 8, 2013 2:43:15 PM


  14. Out of Touch, Ir(R)elevant, Mormon-based....probably should keep his mouth shut since he can't seem to move America forward; but would rather it stay in the stinking tarpit of Republican stupidity.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 8, 2013 2:44:31 PM


  15. Out of Touch, Ir(R)elevant, Mormon-based....probably should keep his mouth shut since he can't seem to move America forward; but would rather it stay in the stinking tarpit of Republican stupidity.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 8, 2013 2:44:39 PM


  16. In order to make it the same rights as he said the law would have to basically read that Civil Unions are Marriage for the purposes of federal law... No matter how that is worded the Right would not accept it, and frankly neither would we.

    Posted by: Randyowen | Apr 8, 2013 2:44:46 PM


  17. Out of Touch, Ir(R)elevant, Mormon-based....probably should keep his mouth shut since he can't seem to move America forward; but would rather it stay in the stinking tarpit of Republican stupidity.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 8, 2013 2:45:13 PM


  18. Out of Touch, Ir(R)elevant, Mormon-based....probably should keep his mouth shut since he can't seem to move America forward; but would rather it stay in the stinking tarpit of Republican stupidity.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 8, 2013 2:45:31 PM


  19. Out of Touch, Ir(R)elevant, Mormon-based....probably should keep his mouth shut since he can't seem to move America forward; but would rather it stay in the stinking tarpit of Republican stupidity.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 8, 2013 2:45:54 PM


  20. "I shall say this only once....."
    -------------------------------------

    Yikes, what a shock from a Mormon, so eager to protect and define "marriage".

    Pick me up off the floor laughing.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 2:47:42 PM


  21. Senator Hatch wants "Separate But Equal" revived. That would mean Obama isn't really President.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 8, 2013 2:51:04 PM


  22. Lucy lucy lucy

    Posted by: Hogotha | Apr 8, 2013 2:54:29 PM


  23. Well duh! "Black" water fountains totally worked for african-americans... Seperate but equal for the win!

    Posted by: DJ Gayburn | Apr 8, 2013 2:56:35 PM


  24. Well duh! "Black" water fountains totally worked for african-americans... Seperate but equal for the win!

    Posted by: DJ Gayburn | Apr 8, 2013 2:56:41 PM


  25. Well duh! "Black" water fountains totally worked for african-americans... Seperate but equal for the win!

    Posted by: DJ Gayburn | Apr 8, 2013 2:56:48 PM


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