On that federal judge’s recent rulings concerning same-sex marriage in Utah


Clinging to guns, religion, and antipathy to anybody different from themselves, the Americans of flyover country (such as the typical specimens shown above) were MADE to be ruled over by morally superior federal magistrates (and to pay their salaries and be grateful for the privilege).


A short two-piece essay, here and here.



  • Ryan

    If you want to watch something crumble then give government stewardship over it: religion, commerce, freedom, marriage and family.

    I suspect things will now become worse than had the government never been granted a role in marriage in the first place.

  • JJB

    Almost every single time, in the history of this country, that a citizen has brought suit because of government action there has been ONE district court and ONE judge that has either held (1) the government action was lawful, or (2) the government action was not lawful. There is absolutely nothing new about this. The nonprevailing party can then appeal to the circuit court of appeals, and then up to the Supreme Court if they so choose. Tis the way things have been done for almost 200 years in this country.

    The chances that this case will be overturned by the 10th circuit are slim to none, and the chances that SCOTUS will overturn are even less than that. The analysis is relatively simple: The state of Utah must show that its government action (defining marriage by statute and constitution) in defining marriage as between a man and a woman is necessary to achieve a compelling governmental (not spiritual, not religious, not personal) interest. If the state can’t do that, the law will be overturned.

  • Brock Lesnar

    The war is over. Gay marriage is here to stay. The majority of Americans are in favor and even 58% of Republicans under the age of 30 are now in favor of gay marriage.
    The world will not end. Life will go on much like it has for millions of years. Many years from now we will have to explain to our grandchildren why there was a time when a few angry and misguided people tried to prevent committed gay people from getting married. I’m glad we are finally closing this shameful chapter on U.S. history.

    • DanielPeterson

      1) I’m not angry.

      2) I don’t believe in historical inevitability, let alone in the weird personification of History that declares historical trends to be, by definition, right.

      3) Nobody has predicted that the world will end. Some serious thinkers, though, have predicted that serious damage will be done to societies, families, and individuals over generations. And, by and large, advocates of SSM have not engaged those arguments.

      • Brock Lesnar

        I’m glad you’re not angry. I’m not either. It’s a terrible way to live one’s life, and the antithesis of how Jesus would want us to behave.

        I also don’t believe in “historical inevitability”, but I think we can both agree in historical probability.

        The truth, whether one wants to believe or not, is that gay marriage is here to stay. It will be the law of the land. I personally think the Lord had His hand in this small miracle. Just like He had His hand in removing polygamy and the priesthood ban.