Utah County Clerk Goes Full On George Wallace – in a very Utah way

No surprises there, really.  The Attorney General’s office said:

A spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office says that while his office isn’t advising county clerks at this time, the law now provides that they must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby “has put out his ruling that anyone who denies a marriage license is in contempt of the court and in contempt of the law,” said Ryan Bruckman on Tuesday. “According to that, everyone should be [issuing licenses].”

Of course, Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson was not swayed:

Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson issued a statement Tuesday, reiterating that he is seeking clarification from the state and the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Unlike Wallace who shouted from the rooftops “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” Bryan Thompson is holding the line against same-sex marriage in a most Utah way.  He doesn’t want a confrontation, we dont’ do that in Utah.  He’s simply sidestepping the issue, delaying wihtout ever raising his voice.  He’s waiting for clarification, it’s nothing personal or bigoted, it’s really about being “correct”.  It’s all very professional sounding and impersonal.  Cause here in Utah, we don’t openly discriminate against or feel bigoted toward anyone.  It’s all very restrained.  It’s so very Utah.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 24, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Thompson is weaseling out of his job.

    I have been greatly enjoying Jim Dabakis’s E-mails as a State Senator and chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. I had no idea he was gay until all this happened.

    Interesting, smart and tough leader!

    His short Wikipedia page and short interview from 2010 with Troy Williams cast some humorous light on somebody who is obviously equipped to tackle the issue from both sides of the ocean.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on December 24, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    He at least met face-to-face with some of the people he’s discriminating against in violation of the Constitution. The news said Cache County simply closed their clerk’s office.

    • #3 by Larry Bergan on December 24, 2013 - 5:48 pm

      I’ll give Thompson that! He showed up for the cameras and was even able to make a pretty convincing argument, but the law is the law for most of us.

  3. #4 by Richard Warnick on December 24, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Stay Denied: Tenth Circuit Allows Utah Same-Sex Marriages To Continue

    Having considered the district court’s decision and the parties’ arguments concerning the stay factors, we conclude that a stay is not warranted. Accordingly, we deny Defendants-Appellants’ emergency motions for a stay pending appeal and for a temporary stay…

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  4. #5 by Larry Bergan on December 24, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    The Clerk is directed to issue a separate order setting deadlines for briefing.

    Sounds like a fairly mild ruling on that front.

    But Merry Christmas as well.

    • #6 by Glenden Brown on December 25, 2013 - 8:40 am

      Larry – it’s getting very interesting around Utah. The Utah county clerk is being sued to do his job. The 10th circuit ruled they did not think Utah had much likelihood of succeeding in their appeal. I expect the clerk in Utah co will find lots of reasons to not do his job.

      • #7 by Nathan Erkkila on December 25, 2013 - 7:13 pm

        That guy should be fired and charged with contempt of court. Just because he doesn’t like the law doesn’t give him the right to disobey a court order.

  5. #8 by Nathan Erkkila on December 25, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    red herring

  6. #9 by Glenden Brown on December 26, 2013 - 9:34 am

    According to KUTV, the Utah County clerk is issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples today – having had both Judge Shelby and the 10th circuit reject request for stays, they’ve decided they should obey the law.

    • #10 by Larry Bergan on December 28, 2013 - 12:36 am

      The Utah County Clerk is a sissy man.

      A REAL man would have stood his ground like Zimmerman. :)

  7. #11 by Anonymous on December 26, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    So queer marriage is open and legal in Utah..cool, I’m all for it. Signs of the apocalypse and all.

    People not wanting to issue licenses is like being pissed that somebody else but you always wins at indian bingo.

  8. #12 by Horace Pleigh on December 27, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    “It’s all very professional sounding and impersonal. Cause here in Utah, we don’t openly discriminate against or feel bigoted toward anyone. It’s all very restrained. It’s so very Utah.”

    I like that quote, it’s very apt to my own experiences while living in Salt Lake City for 17 years until the early ’90s.

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