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Salt Lake City Mayor Marries Utah Democratic State Senator And Partner


Joining many others who have tied the knot today in Utah, Democratic State Senator and Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis married his partner in Salt Lake City, officially making him his husband. The city's mayor, Ralph Becker, officiated the ceremony. Congratulations from all of us here at Towleroad!


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  1. "The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby.

    That says it all.

    Posted by: E. Thor Carlson | Dec 20, 2013 7:58:59 PM

  2. Congratulations Senator!

    Posted by: Daddy Todd | Dec 20, 2013 8:23:22 PM

  3. Man, suhnap! Serious slap in the face of the Governor and Attorney General. Really hope their attempt to put a stay on this ruling is denied. Fingers crossed.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Dec 20, 2013 8:27:34 PM

  4. Not long ago a gay man shot himself on the steps of his Mormon church and it, among other events, started a fire storm of wakeup among the faithful. I wish he had waited, I wish he had lived to marry his boyfriend and rock this ridiculous religion to its roots as is happening today. I believe in conscious souls of the dead and his is grinning, grinning with joy.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 20, 2013 9:09:54 PM

  5. Totally read that title as the Mayor getting married to a State Senator and his partner.

    Posted by: jonhoj | Dec 20, 2013 10:27:19 PM

  6. @JONHOJ: Marries means officiates at. Is that clearer?

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 21, 2013 2:57:27 AM

  7. @Andrew - Yes, I know that. I just chuckled at the double meaning given the historical connotations of marriage in Utah and also knowing that opponents of marriage equality argue that polygamy is the next step. It was a funny turn of phrase; that's all.

    Posted by: jonhoj | Dec 21, 2013 9:08:27 AM

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