Don't Use Utah Tax Payer Money to Fight Marriage Equality
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This morning the office of the attorney general of the State of Utah was granted a stay on gay marriages in the state of Utah, pending the outcome of a lengthy fight with the Supreme Court in which they plan to spend 2 million dollars of taxes collected from the Utah population.
This decision does not represent me, one of his constituents. Also, it does not represent that of my wife. While we're at it, There are close to 1000 couples, that's 2000 people this misrepresents as well, in their decision to be lawfully wed.
In addition, the LGBT community, that's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, which makes up about 30% of his constituency doesn't support it either, so their taxes shouldn't be used either.
One other thing. There are a number of allies, people who are supportive of the freedom to marry whomever one chooses, based on consensual love, so their taxes should be exempt as well, They only constitute somewhere between 57% and 72% of the population of Utah.
According to the statistics provided in recent pollings, equality in marriage is the will of the People here in Utah, different than it was 10 years ago, when Amendment 3 was enacted, when a vote of the majority was used to deny a minority population of its rights, an abuse of the democratic process. There are plenty better things to spend money on in Utah, like cleaning the air, providing funds to WIC, public transportation and education.
Like couples of all genders, my wife and I and other same sex couples believe that marriage is a necessity for us. Among other benefits, as we age, we need to make sure that we are able to legally represent each other in medical and financial considerations. Since we are not getting any younger, having the right to be by each other’s side and share benefits in the case of unemployment becomes crucial to our survival. While we don’t like to think of it, we need to plan for the moment of our individual deaths and survivorship and how we will be able to continue in our grief, without having to worry about having to contest the system for things that we built up with one another. We like the concept that anyone should be free to marry whom they love.
The use of Utah taxpayer money to fight love flies in the face of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches as one of its most important principles: love above all.
Therefore, to continue with this decision to use taxpayer money for something that is a religious matter is a violation of the separation of church and state and a violation of fundamental religious precepts.
Please let Attorney General Sean Reyes know that we do not want the state to use our money to fight marriage equality.
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