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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. 

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2013 1:00:14 AM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: cam | Dec 28, 2013 7:44:33 AM


  3. "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!"

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 28, 2013 9:37:49 AM


  4. Hallelujah! What a glorious Christmas gift for Utah and all Utah families. God bless marriage and God bless Judge Shelby for following the Constitution.

    Posted by: DB | Dec 28, 2013 7:27:48 PM


  5. @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.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 28, 2013 10:48:18 PM


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