Utah Gay Couples Shattering State’s Marriage Records

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the explosion of marriage licenses being issued in Utah following Judge Robert Shelby's overturning of the state's ban on same-sex marriage last week. 

"It’s been really dramatic," said Weber County Clerk Ricky Hatch, who doled out 144 marriage licenses since Monday in an office that typically averages about eight per day. "I would guess on Monday we were seeing 90 percent same-sex couples. It’s dropping back now to where it’s a lower percentage."

Salt Lake County had the most marriages in the state this week, which is typical. But the numbers themselves were anything but.

Shattering a previously held record of 85 marriages in a given day, Salt Lake County handed out 353 on Monday — their first full day of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Between last Friday and this Thursday, over 1,225 marriage licenses had been issued across the state, with at least 74% being issued to LGBT couples. 

Comments

  1. anon says

    With those kind of numbers, already over 1,000 licenses issued, I don’t see any reason why the Supreme Court would issue an emergency stay to stop the issuance of more licenses. Once the genie is out of the bottle what more harm could it possibly do to keep issuing more after you’ve issued more than 1,000 already?

  2. Fox says

    Congrats to everyone, but I hope all of these couples are actually ready for marriage and not doing it because they feel pressured over losing a window of opportunity.

  3. Clayton says

    @FOX
    Some may be swept up in the moment. Some may be fearful of losing the window of opportunity. Some may not be ready for marriage.

    But guess what? Sometimes straight people get married before they’re really ready. and sometimes straight people get married for bad reasons.

    I’ve had two straight siblings get married only to find themselves in divorce court before the end of the first year, and I can think of several friends and relatives whose story is similar.

    So what if all the gay Utah unions don’t last? Not all of the straight ones do, either.

  4. MaryM says

    Considering how evil and bigoted the Mor(m)on cult is I reckon they are not willing to wait just in case that vicious, evil cult manages to overturn the court judgement.

  5. Connor says

    A study I’d be interested to see in a few years is how many of the gay marriages that occurred within the first 3 to 6 months of it becoming legal in the different states have filed for divorce.

  6. Lymis says

    “again a story about GAY people has to include a needless LGBT reference. So sick of being referred to as LGBT”

    Umm. No.

    These are same sex couples. Some of them no doubt include bisexuals who are marrying a same-sex partner, and since being transgender is unrelated to orientation, there’s no reason to assume that none of them are trans. Whether or not anyone who’s gotten married so far is trans, this ruling certainly applies to transgender people who wish to marry a parter of the same sex (however that is defined in Utah.)

    So it’s certainly as story about L, G, and B people, and more likely than not, at least a few T.

  7. Lymis says

    “A study I’d be interested to see in a few years is how many of the gay marriages that occurred within the first 3 to 6 months of it becoming legal in the different states have filed for divorce.”

    If there is a study, I hope it controls for how long a couple has been together. Lots of the first people to marry when a state opens up have already been established couples for decades – sometimes for 50 years or more.

    If I had to guess, that is going to skew the couples who marry early in the window toward longevity.

    People act as though all these people have only been dating for a few weeks and are grabbing for marriage because it’s trendy. Some will. Others are retired couples, parents, and already established couples who are unlikely to divorce now.

  8. UFFDA says

    Oh ha, a ha ha, a ha ha ha to what are known as “Church Authorities” – a ha, a ha, a ha ha ha as my voice fades away over the grounds of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

    What the Church Authorities should publicly say is that “While we have an legitimate history and place in American history we don’t know squat about what God thinks.”

  9. Lexis says

    Great news! And the longer it goes on, the less of an “emergency” it appears to be. And how can they argue that it’s upsetting the “status quo” when it’s already status quo in states that represent 39% of the US population?

  10. Gaiboi says

    I’m happy for all of the couples who are able to tie the knot in Utah.

    For those who are commenting on whether or not these couples are ready, get over yourselves! Just like any other state, there are actually thousands of couples who have been together for years spanning to decades. I don’t believe for one moment, that they should hem and haw after being together and waiting for such a long period of time. It isn’t for you to say to ease off the shot-gun weddings. I’m certainly glad that they don’t have to justify themselves to me or to you.

    I hope they have as many more years of happiness as they’ve had up to this point.

  11. Two Dads says

    Congrats to these beautiful couples.

    The fact that straight people get to decide if we gays can marry (in almost 2014, after we pay taxes that they benefit from) SICKENS ME.

  12. Tia says

    54% of hetero marriages end in divorce (much more report domestic violence at some point in the relationship, infedility, and worse)…heterosexuals are NOT qualified to tell same sex couples if we can marry or not.

  13. jpeckjr says

    At $45 per license, times 1225, that’s over $57,000 in license fees alone. I would not be surprised if the tourism and ski industries in Utah are not communicating with the Gov’s office that they see a business opportunity. Someone is pointing out this gives Utah an edge over Colorado, its competition as a winter sports destination. The tech employers in the Salt Lake area are no doubt also non unhappy. The LDS church may object, but LDS members, in my experience, are pretty savvy and pragmatic business people.

  14. andrew says

    As a gay guy who would rather “live in sin” than get married, I gotta admit that I am surprised at the large numbers of gay folks who want to get married.

  15. cam says

    Since Utah funded so much of the push to outlaw gay marriage, it is fitting that a Utah case could be responsible for the destruction of all anti-gay marriage laws nationwide if their Attorney General keeps making emergency appeals on this case.

  16. EchtKultig says

    “Since Utah funded so much of the push to outlaw gay marriage, it is fitting that a Utah case could be responsible for the destruction of all anti-gay marriage laws nationwide if their Attorney General keeps making emergency appeals on this case.”

    Exactly. It delights me to think of all the disgusting Mormons in Utah who donated money to California’s PropHate initiative who are losing sleep over this. “In our own state! What will they think on Kolob! Maybe we are no longer the chosen!”

  17. Bill says

    @cam : they should have a reception too – in some other state like California – given how the Mormons backed Prop 8, it would basically take money away from Mormon-run businesses in Utah and give it to the people Utah’s Mormons harmed.

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