Utah Pride Center Careens on Icy Road of Gay Marriage Issue
Salt Lake City, UT, 21 December 2013 – After the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office closed it’s doors to Utahn‘s seeking same-sex marriage certificates at 7 PM Friday, the Utah Pride Center posted a message on their Facebook page incorrectly stating the Davis County Clerk would be opening it’s doors on Saturday morning. Fifty-odd diligent applicants trudged up the icy I-15 to the Davis County offices in Farmington this morning to be the first citizens in line for the chance to make history. At 9:30 AM and with no sign of life in the building, a Pride Center staffer quietly announced they’d heard that Davis would not be issuing marriage licenses on Saturday after all. The staffer said she didn’t want to make the statement public until she’d had confirmation from Salt Lake County’s officials regarding their plans. The group dispersed quickly heading south to Salt Lake City where they sat with Utah County Sheriff’s manning the County buildings after hours. Official word from the County was confirmed by the Sheriff’s staff that Sherrie Swensen would not open the offices.
In hindsight, no one could predict what happened today in Utah. County officials all over the state were careening over this icy frontier. Blindsided by Judge Shelby’s ruling, the state was completely unprepared for the fallout, good and bad.