Judge strikes down Utah’s anti gay marriage law. Mormons become sad pandas.

Booyah!

A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

The Salt Lake County clerk’s office started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing the licenses but she couldn’t immediately say how many have been issued so far.

Another victory for equality!  The only thing that could make this better would be the ironic tears of those who sought to preserve inequality in the name of god:

The church said in a statement Friday that it stands by its support for “traditional marriage.”

Hrm…that doesn’t quite seem right.  Let me help:

The church, which no longer practices polygamy, said in a statement Friday that it stands by its support for “traditional marriage.”

Better.  Keep going guys…

“We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court,” the church said.

You’d think if this was really the right thing that god would’ve given them better arguments than saying the law represents the state’s interest in “responsible procreation” and the “optimal mode of child-rearing,” which are the arguments they used.  It can’t be that the anti-love position is silly, and therefore has no sound supporting arguments.  No, no…it’s that it’s god’s way and he’s testing you, just like he tested the racists of America’s past.

Bigotry in the name of god.  It grants such assurance to those infected, and only melts once all the world has progressed along.