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Utah Moves To Block Gay Adoptions: VIDEO


While the fate of gay marriage in Utah remains unclear, so too does the status of adoptions of children by gay couples granted following Judge Robert J. Shelby’s decision back in December that struck down the Beehive State's ban on same-sex marriage. As Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City reports, the Utah Attorney General’s office has filed emergency petitions this week with the state Supreme Court, “asking the court to deny orders from judges who have already approved the adoptions”:

In one petition, the state argued that 3rd District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills’ decision “authorizes the department to violate the plain text of the Utah Constitution and Utah law prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriage…”

They went on to say, “The trial court abused its discretion.”

DocsIn its arguments before the 10th circuit, Gene Schaer, the attorney representing the state of Utah, reiterated the argument made by the state in its brief filed for the court, that to confer marriage rights to same sex couples would be to change “the primary role of marriage from being child-centric to adult-centric.” The state’s brief against same-sex marriage suggested that to allow same-sex couples to marry in Utah would irreparably harm the state’s tradition of marriage (a sterling one, to be sure). 

Despite the hurdles, couples have been persistent in trying to ensure the state recognizes their adoption as legal and valid. Kimberly and Amber Leary were one of the first couples to marry when the ruling came down in December from Judge Shelby. After saying ‘I do,’ the Learys filed for second parent adoption like many other gay couples in the state. As Amber is the biological mother, only she is currently recognized as a legal parent of their daughter born in 2012. However, they’ve been fighting to change that. From Fox 13:

“This entire process has been celebration one day, crying the next, celebration one day, crying the next,” Kimberly Leary said.

Sitting in a waiting room at the Department of Health, she and her wife Amber Leary feel right at home.

“We’ve been here an hour...We’re going to get the birth certificate with both of our names on it,” Amber said. “That’s it, a piece of paper with both of our names on it saying that we’re her legal parents.” […]

Laura Gray, who represents the couple in Hruby-Mills’ case, spoke about the issue.

“They claim that they want to protect Utah’s children, but they are intentionally harming these children by injecting themselves into these cases,” Gray said. “We don’t understand why the Attorney General has to take this extraordinary step of now trying to undo completed adoptions.” [...]

“You just keep fighting, mostly for our child that she sees that, hey, we’re doing the right thing. We’re fighting for you; we’re fighting for us, for her constitutional rights,” said the Learys. 

Watch FOX13's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Class act, that Utah is.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 10, 2014 8:31:43 PM

  2. I guess this tells the story. Prejudice is alive and well in Utah.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 10, 2014 8:47:59 PM

  3. So let's get the State's argument straight: gay couples marrying will somehow harm the children of straight couples, but blocking gay couples from having legal ties to their children doesn't harm those children? Basically, they're making the case for heightened scrutiny and for the need for marriage equality. Not that they'd be rational enough to see it that way ... The mind boggles.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 10, 2014 9:08:44 PM

  4. the adoption issue was used in the 2004 election in my area. all I can say is it was weeks and weeks of the most vile commercials. which of course sparked debate on exactly how disgusting the homos were. they will likely dredge up all the outdated talking points about us needing to recruit since we cant reproduce to make more gays

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 10, 2014 9:21:29 PM

  5. Utah (the Mormons) needs to lose. It will eventually, and I can hardly wait.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 10, 2014 10:39:02 PM

  6. Nice-appearing Mormons usually aren't. Behind that tucked shirt is a heart that has been ordered by cult leader to consider you subhuman and has no qualms about executing that order with a friendly-looking smile. Beneath that spiffy pair of pants are legs that will walk up to you and shake your hand enthusiastically, and then walk across the street to methodically pull the lever against your most basic freedoms. Underneath that too-coifed Mormon mane is a mind that usually thinks no more broadly than the prophet allows and which harbors fears such as "can you imagine the horror of a gay person sitting next to me and praying in the temple?" Underneath that discreet white undershirt with the sewn stitches across the nipple and belly lies an individual afraid to have a gut of his or her own and whose squeaky-clean liver cannot recognize the bile from the Regnerus study which it inhales as truth on which ife depends. I have watched Mormons bond with each other the way plaid wearers congratulate each other on the same fashion, only the Mormon fashion implicitly involves handy daggers to strip their gay sons of human dignity and to pun their gay daughters to the wall of choiceless misery.

    The Mormons may appear docile, but watch the collective effect when they get their way and make social sacrifices to the devil, denying all real respect for anyone one born gay. I've watched their smarmy faux-nice smiles one too many times.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Apr 11, 2014 5:11:10 AM

  7. ..and here in philly - they're building one of thier Cult temples at 17th and Vine....down/across the street from the Catholic Cult temple...millions going into the contruction and "Recruitment" of New Cult members I'm sure....they sicken me.

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 11, 2014 8:00:40 AM

  8. More Mor(m)on Love

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 11, 2014 8:18:50 AM

  9. From a Canadian who lives just north of Utah...

    My great grandmother became Mormon in order to control and abuse her gay son into becoming an eunuch who lived with her until they both died, lonely and old. The rest of our family stood by and learned the lesson sent from God above, that religion is a poisonous bandage that hides the wound, but never heals it. The wound keeps you weak, the weakness keeps you meek, the meekness makes you sheep.

    Meanwhile two generations later I'm raising my two sons with my husband, proving Americans in general are more than twenty years behind and held back by a myriad of Christian cults. My American relatives just don't "get it."

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 11, 2014 11:09:44 AM

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