Some things never change ... except when they do.
Here's chutzpah for you:
[Utah] said it was asking for a stay in part to protect gay couples, saying they would suffer financial harm and a loss of dignity if their marriages were voided on appeal.Yeah. Utah is concerned with the "dignity" of gay couples.
The Mormon church was one of the leading forces behind California's short-lived ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.The church says it stands by its support for "traditional marriage" and hopes a higher court validates its belief that marriage is between a man and woman.Like, we stand by it until we get a prophecy telling us not to, like we stood by polygamy. Which is more "traditional" than not, by the way. Not to mention that no one is telling the Mormon Church, or any other church, that they have to allow same-sex marriage. (Just like no one is forcing, say, Catholic priests to marry divorced people, Baptists, or Hindus in their churches.) They can keep on being as "traditional" as they want. They just want to force their notions of "tradition" on the rest of the state. Errrrr, country. World.
And here's outrageous double standards:
In the papers filed Tuesday, Utah argues that children are best raised by a mother and father in a good relationship.Let's not get sidetracked by whether that's even true or not. (Is it "a mother and father", an opposite-sex couple who are married, or just two parents?) Let's allow it to be true for this discussion. Now. Does Utah then plan to take kids away from single parents or squabbling couples? They plan to prohibit divorce when there are kids, mandating counseling to maintain (or create) that "good relationship"? They plan to mandate remarriage as soon as possible for widows and widowers?
"On average children navigate developmental stages more easily, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when reared in that environment," it says.
I think we all know what the answer to that is.