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10th Circuit Lifts Stay on Utah and Oklahoma Gay Marriage Cases

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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued orders lifting its stay on rulings striking down Utah and Oklahoma's bans on same-sex marriage - paving the way for marriage equality to begin not only in those two states, but Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming as well. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has announced he will make a statement on today's gay marriage news 11:30 MT

Here are the incoming orders, courtesy of Equality Case Files


UTAH: Attorney General Candidates Clash Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban - VIDEO

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Sharp differences on Utah's same-sex marriage ban have emerged between incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes and challenger Charles Stormont, reports Desert News.

In what may be the only time the candidates meet head-to-head before the November 4th election, the two took part in a debate on Wednesday sponsored by the Utah Debate Commission at Brigham Young University.

While Republican Reyes said he has a duty to uphold state law, Democrat Stormont said he would not waste taxpayer money fighting an unconstitutional law in a case the state has no chance of winning.

Referring to Amendment 3 defining marriage as between a man and a woman, Reyes said the Attorney General cannot pick and choose which laws to uphold”

"You can't cut and run. You can't thwart the democratic process because you think that you're smarter than the Supreme Court. If my opponent would take off his political glasses for a moment and put on his lawyer lenses or leader lenses, he would see how dangerous that precedent is that he's proposing."

Arguing that 40 lower courts have already overturned bans on same-sex marriage, Stormont countered:

"You tell your clients what their likelihood of success is going to be in court. It's time to actually start giving good, honest, fair legal advice to the people of Utah. We've had far too much political advice on hot-button issues."

During the debate, the candidates also differed on how corruption allegations against former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow should be dealt with.

Watch an interview with Stormont, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Utah Companies Reject 'God Loves Gays' Billboards, God Not Impressed

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Two billboard companies in Utah have declined requests to erect “God Loves Gays” signs in order to “avoid controversy,” reports Buzzfeed.

The “God Loves Gays” billboards are part of a national campaign that recently saw a similar massive display in Topeka, Kansas, the hometown of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Reagan Outdoor Advertising and YESCO said they rejected the ads because of the sensitive nature of issues around religion and LGBT rights.

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God Reported To Be Unhappy With The Decision

Dewey Reagan, president and general manager of Reagan Outdoor Advertising, said the decision does not reflect the company’s position on the topic:

“It was a business decision based on structural realities of our business. We don’t actually own the majority of the land underneath the signs where our billboards are located. They are there pursuant to land lease agreements and some of those specifically prohibit display of ad copy that is controversial.”

In a written statement, YESCO said:

“As a privately owned company, YESCO carefully evaluates all requests for advertising placement. We avoid accepting advertisements that are interpreted as advancing sensitive religious, social, or political interests.”

The Almighty has since weighed in on the issue and questioned why his opinion is being stifled:

 

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Watch god explain the "God Loves Gays" campaign and why the Westboro Baptitst Church is misrepresenting him, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hundreds Rally at Utah Capitol Against Adoption and Marriage Rights for Gay Couples: VIDEO

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A group of several hundred anti-gay protesters showed up at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday to voice their opposition to both gay marriage and gay adoption, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

SummerhaysSupporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don’t equal a dad" cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays [pictured] projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children.

"This child has a mother," she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were holding their son Jesse. "These are the faces of the children who will pay the price of redefining marriage." [...]

Summerhays, who leads the organizing group of Thursday’s rally, Utah Celebration of Marriage, said these children were among the chief reasons several hundred people gathered under the painted dome of the Utah State Capitol: to demonstrate to local and national officials, to media and onlookers that there is still support in Utah for so-called "traditional" families, made up of one mother and one father.

Gay rights supporters also showed up to voice their own opinions on the matter. 

Watch a FOX 13 report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

Next week, the Supreme Court will consider seven petitions from five states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin - on whether those states' gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. 

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Insane Unicyclists Somehow Manage to Survive Terrifying Ride Down Utah Mountain: VIDEO

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Whether it's close encounters with sharks, volcanoes, or lions, the GoPro-equipped daredevils of the world are continually finding new ways to push the envelope and raise questions about their sanity.

In what some (myself included) would consider another episode of "unnecessary recklessness," John LeSage and 18 other unicyclists take to the mountains of Moab, Utah for a one hell of a one-wheeled adventure.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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SCOTUS To Consider Hearing Gay Marriage Cases From 5 States on Sept. 29

SUPREMEThe Supreme Court has announced it will consider seven petitions from five states--Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsinon--on whether those states' same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The Court, currently on hiatus, will discuss the cases in a private meeting on September 29, its first conference of the year. Same-sex couples along with representatives of the states barring them from marrying have been petitioning the Court to review their cases and provide legal clarity on the question of marriage equality. USA Today reports:

By scheduling all for consideration simultaneously, the justices gave equal footing to the Indiana and Wisconsin cases just decided last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The 10th and 4th Circuits previously ruled in the other cases.

The court could agree to hear one or more cases this winter; deny them all, or delay its decision for a while.

In all five states, federal district and appellate judges have agreed that state bans on same-sex marriage should be struck down as unconstitutional. But those decisions are on hold pending the Supreme Court's review.

As The Wall Street Journal points out, the Supreme Court could have more cases headed its way very soon. Many are focsued on 4 pending cases before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a court some legal analysts suspect is more likely than others to uphold marriage bans: "If that happens, it’s a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court would step in and resolve the disagreement."


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