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Utah Would Vote Democrat — Against Trump — for the First Time in 50 Years

48% to 37%

Margin by which Bernie Sanders would defeat Donald Trump in Utah in a head-to-head presidential contest. Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump, 38% to 36%. A new Deseret News/KSL poll finds that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years.


Hatch Capitulates on Gay Marriage

Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on.

— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), interviewed on the Doug Wright Show.

Utah Official Attacks Other Officials for Not Defending Anti-Gay Marriage Laws

For alleged officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose which laws we’ll enforce, I think, is a tragedy and is the next step to anarchy.

— Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), quoted by the Washington Post, blasting the decision by some governors not to defend their state’s laws banning same-sex marriage.


Utah Residents Evenly Split Over Gay Marriage

48% to 48%

Residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples in Utah should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licences — 48% for and 48% against — and 72% said same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions or domestic partnerships in lieu of marriage, according to a Salt Lake Tribune poll.

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Utah’s GOP Governor Puts Hundreds of Legal Same-Sex Marriages on Hold

Has anything like this ever happened before? After the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on a federal judge’s ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in Utah, the state’s Republican governor, Gary Herbert, issued an order effectively divorcing, at least temporarily, as many as 1,300 couples who had legally obtained marriage licenses.

In California, after the Mormon Church in Utah effectively drove the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Attorney General Jerry Brown, a Democrat — who is now the California governor — allowed the marriages of 1,800 couples to stand. Because of this, two classes of gay couples were created in the state: those who had legally married and those who were, as a result of Prop 8, prohibited from exercising that right. Prop 8 was later rescinded by court rulings.

(It should be noted that as governor, Schwarzenegger vetoed bills passed by the legislature that would have legalized marriage equality twice.)

Gov. Herbert’s decision to put a hold on the legal marriages appears to be motivated by politics — Utah is one of the most anti-gay states in the nation, which is saying a lot — rather than the law. The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed yesterday that it is reviewing the decision.