The newly sworn in Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has decided that it is worth the $2 million to appeal the ruling in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared the ban in same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
While Governor Herbert continues to tout that the state is a good place for business, the decision to file an appeal seems to go against that idea, especially in light if Utah’s efforts to attract film companies and that it hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
If the reaction of Hollywood to Utah’s decision can be gauged by the reaction that the Olympics received when Russia passed anti-gay laws, Utah can expect a boycott of Sundance as well as a reduction in the number of films that use Utah locations to film.
In the 1860s, a majority of the people in the South thought that slavery should be legal. They went to war over it. In the 1960s, a majority of the people thought that African Americans shouldn’t have the same rights as Caucasians. In both cases, the majority was wrong.
It is time for Utah to practice what it preaches in the political realm. It wants more freedom for the state to take over lands, allow dangerous levels of air pollution, and development at any cost.
It should allow its people more freedom to do what they need to in the pursuit of happiness. That includes the right to marry the consenting people that they love.