Forty Non-Reproductive Weeks
Salt Lake City, UT, 24 December 2013 – News agencies are reporting today that 700 same-sex couples were married in Utah since Judge Shelby’s ruling that Amendment 3 the voter-sanctioned change to Utah’s constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman was unconstitutional. The difficult issue facing the state is that 40-weeks from now no new members of the Latter-Day Saint religion are likely to be born as a result of these unions. The State of Utah is spending it’s citizen’s tax money fighting Judge Shelby’s ruling when they should be happy to know they raised over $28,000 in license fees in the past few days.
The officiants who usually charge for their services did so pro bono; and with the frenzy to be married before any stay is enforced few caterers in town will reap any monetary gains from this surge of newly legitimate households. Had the state quietly accepted the ruling the rush to the alter and the loss of revenue for officiants and caterers could have meant a Merry December for the already-booming Utah wedding industry. Instead the legal battle rages, same-sex couples fret over a potential stay and the faltering economy gains little benefit.