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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gay Marriage Victory in Utah!

posted by on May 29 at 20:15 PM


A TV station in Utah put a poll up on its website today: “Should gay marriages be legalized in Utah?” KUTV News asked its viewers/readers. When the first returns came in this afternoon voters in Utah seemed to be rejecting gay marriage by a wide margin: 65% to 35%. But as we’ve seen again and again this campaign season, Wolf, early returns are unreliable. And while results are are still pouring in the Stranger Situation Room is now projecting that—what do you know?—Utah is for gay marriage. Yes, Utah appears to be safely in the pro-gay-marriage camp.


UPDATE: Well, Wolf, late returns continue to break for gay marriage on this historic night in the great state—or perhaps I should say, “gay state”—of Utah. As of 8:56 PM Pacific Standard Time, it’s 58.7% for legalizing gay marriage here in the Beehive State and 41.3% opposed. We may see the “no” vote drop below 40% by the end the night, which would be a real humiliation for the anti-gay marriage side, which felt, going into tonight’s vote, that it had Utah locked up. Again, Wolf, a historic night here in Utah. Back to you.

UPDATE 2: Well, Wolf, it’s 9:10 PM and in under an hour we’ve seen the pro-gay-marriage vote pick up 1.2 points. Let’s go to the board…


It seems that it’s all over but the shouting now, Wolf, although political junkies will stay glued to their screens, anxious to see if Utah will back gay marriage by a 60-40 margin.

UPDATE 3: Well, Wolf, there’s no mistaking the will of the people of Utah tonight. At roughly 9:30 PM, PST, the pro-gay-marriage vote broke 60%.


Clearly the people of Utah want gay marriage, Wolf, and they want it in the worst possible way. They ache for it. The real question now, Wolf, is this: In the wake of FLDS scandal and the release of incriminating photos of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs making out with underage girls, do the people of Utah believe that straight marriage should be legal? Perhaps we’ll have a poll on that tomorrow. Back to you, Wolf.

UPDATE 4: I’m sorry, Wolf, but I have to break in one last time. The vote down here in Utah is now officially a landslide for gay marriage. Opponents of marriage equality have suffered a rout, crushed. We’re talking Reagan ‘84 numbers down here, or LBJ ‘64, or. As of 11:27 PM PST, 65% of voters in Utah are backing same-sex marriage, with just 35% opposed.


This is truly one for the history books, Wolf. Good night—and, uh, Tagg Romney? Will you marry me?

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No way Utah is beating out Iowa for the first non-coastal state for gay marriage. We're aiming for early next year. So make your reservations now.

Posted by Mike in Iowa | May 29, 2008 8:50 PM

I know someone from my homestate of Ohio who wasn't openly gay when we grew up but then moved to Salt Lake City - at the time, I thought it was crazy of him. But there must be some secret something there. What is it?

Posted by Stolia | May 29, 2008 9:04 PM

There is no reason to live in Utah. Or Wyoming. Or Idaho. Or Montana. Or North Dakota. Or South Dakota. Or Washington. Which is why I'm leaving.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 29, 2008 9:13 PM

*Or Oregon. Jesus, how could I forget fucking Oregon? Oh yeah. There's no reason to acknowledge its existence.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 29, 2008 9:16 PM

Isn't it more harmful that Slog stands to be discovered as fixing the result than the result of a internet poll on a minor, evidently rather loopy TV website? What happens when "Focus on the Family" gets hold of this...

"Latte liberals enforce homosexual agenda and subvert democracy"?

Posted by Mem | May 29, 2008 9:52 PM

Yes, I suppose we will have violated the sacred sanctity of completely bullshit, throughly unscientific, easily rigged Internet polls... how do I sleep at night?

Posted by Dan Savage | May 29, 2008 10:00 PM

As of 10pm, PT
No (37.9%)
Yes (62.1%)
The images don't seem to be showing up. But here's the facts, Jack.

Posted by utahisforlovers | May 29, 2008 10:09 PM

I mourn the loss of Our Poe. :-(

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 29, 2008 10:17 PM

That's weird... they're showing up for me on Safari but not on Firefox?

Posted by Dan Savage | May 29, 2008 10:20 PM

Photoshop says "An unknown JPEG marker was found". Try re-saving them?

Posted by antiuser | May 29, 2008 10:29 PM

Linux/Firefox isn't showing nothing but the top logo one.

Posted by nope | May 29, 2008 10:35 PM

Up to 63.7% yes at 10:37.

Posted by gnossos | May 29, 2008 10:39 PM

I see all jpg except the one under the top logo. But no worries, mate. We got you covered. :D

Posted by utahisforlovers | May 29, 2008 10:45 PM

I see them now on Firefox/Windows. By the way, the "remember personal info" thing has never worked for me. Anyone?

Posted by antiuser | May 29, 2008 10:50 PM

Gay Pride day in salt lake is often as big as or bigger than the one in Portland. It's a pretty gay mecca, since there are huge swaths of anti-gay land around (southern utah, nevada, parts of colorado, wyoming). Go utah!

Posted by kate | May 29, 2008 10:55 PM

Yeah - gay pedophile polygamy just around the corner. Kinsey 3s can have all the little girl wives and boy wives they want. Go Utah.

Posted by kinaidos | May 29, 2008 11:04 PM

I see them all now. That personal info thing never worked for me either.

Posted by utahisforlovers | May 29, 2008 11:04 PM

AS a Utahn born and raised (but now properly living on the left coast), I have to say that Salt Lake City specifically, but more generally Salt Lake County is somewhat progressive. SL City has a domestic partner registry, has full equal benefits for LGBTs (and have had them for almost a decade), an openly gay state senator, and an openly lesbian state house member. As Kate mentioned, the pride celebration (being held next weekend) is pretty large. There is a very visible gay community here. So while I don't think Utahns are quite ready for gay marriage, don't be doggin on the island of pretty blue progressive politics that is Salt Lake City...After all the former mayor lead the anti-war/impeach Bush rallies as Mayor, and just held another one today.

Posted by Eric | May 29, 2008 11:06 PM

Yes (64.6%) @11:05pm
Yay for Gay.

Posted by utahisforlovers | May 29, 2008 11:09 PM

Dear Dan,

I love you.

And we're up to something like 67% yes, as of 7:30 am EST.

Vote early and often! Vote late and often! Hell, just vote often!

(remember to set your browser to decline the cookie their site wants to set on your computer)

Posted by Wolf | May 30, 2008 4:36 AM

Bravo Utah!Now make it the law. Marriage is a basic civil right that should be attainable by all Americans if they choose. For those who are uncomfortable with gay marriage check out our short produced to educate & defuse the controversy. It has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue:

Posted by Charlotte | May 30, 2008 5:32 AM

I just wonder what was being broadcast in their newsroom.

Posted by Clearlyhere | May 30, 2008 6:53 AM

And they shall be cast into outer darkness, where there will be much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, and the cocktails will floweth, the shirts stripped from their bodies, and much playful fun will be had by all.
Book of Mormon, Lance Chapter 3 verse 16.

Posted by I Wanna Be Thomas S. Monson | May 30, 2008 7:16 AM

Ahahah! It's at 73 / 27 now!

Posted by Judith | May 30, 2008 7:56 AM

Great story, but minor correction -
you used Pacific Standard Time - we are now on Pacific Daylight Time, which is one hour earlier than PST, which is what we have during the winter.

Posted by hopeless pedant | May 30, 2008 8:21 AM

There is something about being raised Mormon that turns so many of us gay. Or is it the water?

Posted by JackMormon | May 30, 2008 8:37 AM

Now 74/26!!!

Posted by Tony Baloney | May 30, 2008 8:49 AM

The poll results show percentages but not the number of responses. I wonder how it compares to the websites typical traffic.

Posted by lostboy | May 30, 2008 8:52 AM

As a Gay Salt Laker, let me tell you SLC is one of the gayest cities in America, and that's just taking into account the married men! LOL

Posted by johnson | May 30, 2008 9:23 AM

#17, it works on the comment popup but not on the permalink.

Posted by w7ngman | May 30, 2008 10:06 AM

75.2% in favor of gay marriage!

That is awesome!

Posted by OR Matt | May 30, 2008 10:07 AM

While it's kind of fun to mess with an online poll by voting from outside the area, the reality is that the Mormon Church -- as they have with every other gay-rights fight in this country -- will be pumping hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars into the November ballot initiative in California, outside of THEIR area.

So, between making repeated votes on the poll, take a moment and send a check to Equality California.

Posted by BobN | May 30, 2008 10:47 AM

@BobN: The Mormon church certainly does not see California as outside their area. There are more Mormons in California than in Utah, by a substantial margin!

The Mormon church recently had a significant turnover in leadership. It will be interesting to see if the church gets as involved in the California ballot initiative this November as it did with Proposition 22 back in 2000. Its rather aggressive involvement back then was a source of major frustration and irritation to many Mormons I know, both gay and straight.

Posted by Todd | May 30, 2008 3:00 PM

I wonder if they'll announce the results on their live broadcast?

Somehow I doubt it.

Posted by Zeke | May 30, 2008 5:56 PM

Eric mentioned Utah has a gay state senator and a lesbian state House member. Actually, Utah has two lesbian House members. Utah is one of only a few states with three openly gay legislators, the most anywhere in the nation.

I hate to see states reduced to a few stereotypes. It's easy to assume you know what Utah is all about. It's also easy to be very wrong.

Posted by Doug | June 2, 2008 7:54 AM

Umm, not to put a damper on all the festivities, but in 2004 Utah changed it's State Constitution to ban gay marriage.

Posted by The Knight Hawk | June 5, 2008 7:54 AM

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