Attorneys General Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and Bob Ferguson of Washington penned an Op Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune explaining how marriage equality made the institution of marriage stronger in their states. A couple of the interesting comments in the Op Ed follow:
As of 2011, according to the Center for Disease Control, six of the seven jurisdictions that approved marriage equality had divorce rates at or below the national average. Four of the 10 lowest divorce rates in the country came from states with marriage equality. Iowa and Massachusetts had the lowest and third-lowest divorce rates in the country. By contrast, many states that prohibit same-sex marriage had high divorce rates in 2011.
There are good people on both sides of the debate concerning same-sex marriages, but none of the justifications for denying marriage equality withstand scrutiny.
The entire Op Ed can be found here.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hold oral arguments in the marriage equality cases out of Utah and Oklahoma on April 10 and April 17. According to Equality on Trial, the three judge panel to hear these cases has been selected. They are Judge Paul J. Kelley, Jr., appointed by President George H. W. Bush, Judge Carlos F. Lucero, appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Judge Jerome J. Holmes, appointed by President George W. Bush.
It appears that the state of Utah had to correct some errors in their (first) brief to the Court.
2:28 PM PT: More on Utah's inept legal defense of "traditional marriage" can be found here: