From Pride in Utah, another serving of homobigotry from the Right, dressed up as “pro-family” legislation. As if the wingers in Utah need to stroke themselves with bills like this.

Extremist and anti-gay Representative LaVar Christensen has just introduced House Bill 270, called the “Family Policy” bill. The language includes the State affirming marriage as “ordained by god” between a man and a woman.

The language of the bill states:

as the public policy of Utah, that a family, consisting of a legally and

14 lawfully married man and woman and their children, is the fundamental unit of

15 society; and

16 requires that publicly funded social programs, government services, laws, and

17 regulations designed to support families be carefully scrutinized to ensure that they

18 promote the family.

And as if we needed any more proof that LaVar Christensen and his Sutherland Institute cronies have never actually read the constitution, it also says, “Marriage and family predate all governments and are supported by and consistent with the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World.”

Welcome back to the dark ages folks. I’m still going through the details of the bill, but it appears that it doesn’t actually effect any actual policies, but rather is a typical Utah GOP ‘Message Bill’ designed to garner favor with the most extreme 1% of the population. Utah already has a constitutional amendment (Amendment 3) which prohibits same sex marriage, civil unions or any governmental recognition similar to marriage in the state.

Even a constitutional amendment doesn’t stop the haters from pounding on taxpaying, same-sex couples there.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding