You can read the full Salt Lake Tribune article here, but here is an interesting portion from the article. What are your thoughts on these statements?
Utah Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis, who is gay and was getting a marriage license with his long-time partner Friday afternoon, called the decision reasonable. He said while it is likely to be appealed, he remained confident that gay Utahns would soon be able to get married.
Dabakis noted the generational divide on the issue where young people, including younger Republicans, are more accepting of gay marriage than older people.
“What we need to do is a little hand holding with Utahns of a certain generation who really don’t understand that there is no need to feel threatened by gay people, that we are just like everybody else,” he said.
And Dabakis said there needs to be a recognition that civil marriage and religious marriage are not necessarily the same thing.
“I don’t believe any religion should be coerced into performing a marriage they are not comfortable with and conversely no religion should be able to take away a civil right that should be available across the country,” he said.