My First Protest!

I have always been interested and involved in social issues.  I’ve spent long nights debating, building better understandings and better arguments, signed petitions, driven people to the polls, but I’d never carried a sign and stood with a group of strangers connected solely by a common belief.

On December 20, 2013 Judge Shelby, a federal district court judge in Utah, ruled that Amendment 3 of the Utah State Constitution violated the United States Constitution and was therefore unconstitutional.  As a result Judge Shelby ordered Utah to cease restricting marriage to heterosexual couples, effective immediately.  As soon as the opinion was released, same-sex couples swarmed clerk’s offices throughout Utah.  Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Attorney General’s office filed an appeal to the 10th Circuit and also filed an emergency injunction request to the 10th Circuit.  The 10th Circuit declined to in join the District Court’s decision, but agreed to hear the appeal on an expedited timeline.  Governor Herbert and the Utah AG’s office appealed to the US Supreme Court requesting an emergency injunction.

On Monday, January 6th, the Supreme Court issued an injunction, which put a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah.

On Wednesday, January 8th, Governor Herbert stated that Amendment 3 remained the law of Utah, no new same-sex marriage certificates would be issued, and no marital benefits would be conferred on the over 1600 same-sex couples that married in the 17 days.

On Friday, January 10th, over 2000 people marched on the Utah State Capitol, demanding to let Judge Shelby’s decision stand, demanding equality for all of Utah’s citizens.

Here are a few pictures from the protest.

(Sorry, I can’t seem to rotate the last one).

My favourite sign, below, was taken by another protestor, and I have linked to his instagram.

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