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Utah County Clerks Face Lawsut For Refusing Gay Marriage Licenses

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Just a few days ago a federal judge struck down Utah's gay marriage ban, legalizing gay marriage in the state. While this was a wonderful Christmas gift for hundreds of couples in the state, a few county clerks took issue with the new laws. Some chose to resign rather than do their job, but a few decided to just not do their job without resigning and refused to issue legal gay marriage licenses to legally-wed gay couples.

Clerk Bryan Thompson argued that he was waiting for the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on Utah's motion for a stay before doing the job he is obligated to perform. As a result, a lesbian couple filed a lawsuit against the county. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that prosecution was unlikely unless the plaintiffs ask the judge for a contempt finding. 

A video of the news segment can be seen at Yahoo! News.

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  1. Bureaucrats feel like they are in control over people, but forget that we give them all of their responsibilities. This is clear contempt of court. Since when do they get to make the rules? It is simply their job to carry them out.

    You hurt people, you pay. It's been worked out.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 26, 2013 8:20:38 AM


  2. Prosecute.
    Gay people are tax-paying citizens.
    That's illegal.

    Posted by: woody | Dec 26, 2013 8:47:25 AM


  3. Silly clerk.

    It is the county that should give clear direction under these circumstances. There should be no room for an individual bureaucrat to make any decision other than 'do your job or quit [or be fired].' I would file suit as well.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Dec 26, 2013 8:54:46 AM


  4. Weren't the resignations in New Mexico, as opposed to Utah? The linked story talks about New Mexico.

    Posted by: SteveInSRQ | Dec 26, 2013 9:33:26 AM


  5. Agree on the 4 or 5 counties, especially Utah county with Clerk Bryan Thompson, explicitly in contempt of court over not issuing licenses. However the link regrading resignation of county clerks is related to the New Mexico State Supreme Court ruling, not the Utah decision of a federal district court. No one in Utah has resigned as far as I've read over Judge Shelby's ruling.

    Posted by: KELL | Dec 26, 2013 9:35:18 AM


  6. As it should be. They are employees of the people and that includes LGBT people, so they will comply or find another job and return every single dime they received via the tax dollars that came out of the pockets of LGBT citizens living in their county. PERIOD.

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 26, 2013 9:53:51 AM


  7. In imposing granite above Law Courts are engraved the words:

    "Fiat Justitia Ruat Coelum"
    -let justice be done though the sky fall.

    Now let the sky fall on those who take it upon them selves to disobey the law.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 26, 2013 10:03:33 AM


  8. Utah County Clerk backs down:

    http://m.heraldextra.com/news/local/utah-county-to-begin-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses-today/article_3b281852-6e3e-11e3-814f-001a4bcf887a.html?mobile_touch=true

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 26, 2013 10:24:50 AM


  9. Thanks for clearing the story up, Michael.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Dec 26, 2013 10:44:42 AM


  10. According to the AP / The New York Times all Utah Counties are now issuing same-sex marriage liceneses.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/12/26/us/ap-us-gay-marriage-utah.html?hp

    Posted by: Buster | Dec 26, 2013 1:06:42 PM


  11. Fire them and than sue them for refusing to do their civic duty. Stupid government employees work for taxpayers...their individual views are irrelevant. Give the jobs to Utah residents who appreciate democracy and freedom.

    Posted by: Bigun | Dec 26, 2013 2:18:37 PM



  12. Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad - a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that's secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ's return and making the Bible even more believable!
    They've actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in "Madam" Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.'s underground saint - San Andreas - will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity").
    What's really scary is the "reprobate mind" phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a "possessed" person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing!
    Remember, gays don't have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J (no, not James or Julia). As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Google "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans," and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up.")
    Was Jesus silent about gays? Google " 'Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality.' When gays have birthdays...."

    Posted by: Jared | Jan 2, 2014 5:18:27 PM


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