home > lgbt equality
to Defeat Utah’s Discriminatory Marriage Amendment
we look back with disbelief at a time when many Americans
did not tolerate marriage between Catholics and Protestants or
between people of different races. Unfortunately, our laws
continue to treat unequally people of the same gender who commit
to a lifetime intimate relationship. Even though the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled last year that gay and lesbian couples "are entitled
respect for their private lives," and that they may form "intimate,"
"personal," and "enduring" relationships and "still
dignity as free people," there are those who wish to continue to
discriminate and further wish to enshrine that discrimination into
our state constitution.
Allowing same-sex couples to marry will not harm different-sex
married couples in any way, nor will it jeopardize or undermine the
institution of marriage. To the contrary, the institution of marriage
will be strengthened and revitalized by ending an arbitrary and
prejudicial restriction that excludes and stigmatizes thousands of
loving and committed couples and their families.
Opposition to granting same-sex couples the protections afforded
by marriage often comes from religious beliefs. But if same-sex
couples were allowed to marry, it would not require a single person
to change his or her personal beliefs or a single church to act in a
way that is contrary to religious tenets. Civil rights need not be in
conflict with religious beliefs, and no church could ever be required
to conduct a marriage it cannot sanction. The state, however, is not
a religion, and it has an obligation to ensure that all citizens are
Utah's proposed constitutional "Amendment 3" will not only deny
the recognition of a same-sex committed legal relationship but it will
potentially call into question many, many contractual arrangements entered
into by any unmarried couple including, for example, pension arrangements,
health insurance, hospital visitations, and inheritance.
We must carefully examine this proposed amendment and thoughtfully address
the complex legal issues it raises, as well as the real and devastating
affect it would have on the thousands of members in our community and
society, and the families they have lovingly built.
The ACLU of Utah is a member of the newly formed Don't Amend
Alliance that is working to inform the public about the dangers of
If you would like to help in this effort, please contact Ruth Hackford-Peer
at (801) 746-1314. The Don't Amendment Alliance's office is located at
175 West 200 South Suite 2006. The web address is www.dontamendalliance.com.
you do volunteer, please send an email to Stephanie Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know what you are doing.
Any effort will make a difference in this important election.
Check out Fighting
for Marriage: An ACLU Toolkit for Marriage Equality
his endorsement of a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay and lesbian
couples from marrying, President Bush has given this mean-spirited proposal
The amendment endorsed by the President would be the first ever to mandate
discrimination against a group of Americans. Writing discrimination
into the Constitution is just wrong!
Use the link below to read more about the proposed amendment and to
get involved to preserve a Constitution that protects all of our rights.
more about the Federal Marriage Amendment >>