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Rachel February 8, 2014

Thank you for this touching piece. I wish I could have been there. Please don't give up fighting for what is right as defined by God.

MaryannFebruary 3, 2014

May God bless all of those brave enough to speak the truth boldly, but with love, especially when it is not "politically correct." As one who fought this same battle in California, it was so disheartening to have the voice of the people overturned. We must continue to declare that God instituted the holy order of marriage between a man and a woman. And we must preserve State's rights, as well.

RRFebruary 1, 2014

That is my boy!

Elizabeth BlanchardFebruary 1, 2014

Thank you for sharing this. I wanted to be there, but I was standing for marriage by being home with my husband and family, taking care of their needs. Thanks for your sacrifice in being there, missing your grandchild's birth.

Georgia CoxJanuary 31, 2014

Great article, Scott on this important issue. I wish I could be there standing with you and all the others. Thanks for going and supporting traditional marriage.

Mary Fielding SummerhaysJanuary 31, 2014

Browne, All americans, including gays, are free to live and to love as they choose. Even in the state of Utah many churches will bless your union. Gays already do adopt those children that you describe. Gay marriage does end Man Woman marriage, by making men and women optional participants; this denies a child's biological right to have both a mother and father. As one gay man said "Children are going to be born for the purpose of being deprived of a parent of one gender or the other, and I just see that as wrong." https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/03/9432/ It's misleading to suggest that Homosexuals Marriages would only adopt children in orphanages, while heterosexual marriages can create children through in vitro fertilization, and own the more in "demand children." Would you be satisfied with that version of equality? Gay marriage makes children into a commodity, by saying Marriage is about adults sexual needs rather than about providing homes for the children that might be created by sex.

TaylorJanuary 31, 2014

Barbara, your advice to Browne to look at research about children with gay parents feels one sided. I know many kids that profess their lpve for their fathers or mothers. If you are going to tell us to research how children are negatively affected by same-sex parents then research the other sides to, aka, poitive reactions from children towards gay parents, and negative affects of "traditional" families. There are all kinds of parents in the world and you cant just base all your research off of biased findings. I say marriage equality for all, because this "fight" isnt about religion, its about love and the right to show it and not be afraid.

DJJanuary 31, 2014

To Barbara .....please do your research and read first hand accounts of children raise by one father and one mother, even two fathers and two mothers and listen to their pain and anguish. Please listen with an open heart and not compare parenting for same sex couples to those of a man and woman when so many strait couples end in divorce and cheating...and correct me if I am wrong but Utah has a high number in that. All families will have issues and issues in different areas. Their is no prof that having two dads will cause you anymore pain and anquish then having a mother and father.

BevJanuary 31, 2014

Thankyou Scott. Congratulations! What a beautiful occassion for your family! I was at the meeting the evening at the Capital, and we sang The Star Spangled Banner, (which was amazing with so many voices echoing through the rotunda!) My heart ached for a simpler time when values seemed so clear because society still taught and enforced them. Society no longer teaches those values. Thank you for not being silent. It was an inspiring night! I too felt sad for those who demonstrated for SSM,demanding to be treated equally, yet not acting in an equal manner. One more point...I've observed over the past several years, that in SSM's one person has a more masculine roll and one person has a more feminine roll. I guess you really can't defy Gods natural law of opposites no matter how hard one may try! Thankyou again!

WendyJanuary 31, 2014

Thank you for the report!! So glad that people were willing to stand for marriage between a man and a woman!

BobJanuary 30, 2014

Well done! There is hope.

CJJanuary 30, 2014

Thank you for this coverage. Although I don't live in Utah, I was born and raised there and have watched this issue with concern and sadness. I'm pleased to see the great support for this cause. Individual state rights should rule, and I hope Utah eventually prevails, as well as all other states where the citizens do not wish to recognize SSM. @ Browne: I do believe SS couples already have the legal right to adopt children as well as all other couples' legal rights.

Maxine Stone DavidsonJanuary 30, 2014

Loved your comments Scott. Congratulations to your daughter and her husband on the arrival of their daughter and to you and Maurine as new Grandparents. I appreciated your Stand on Marriage and I enjoyed your report on the evening and all the pictures.

BarbaraJanuary 30, 2014

I went to the rally and it was awesome. Now in response to Browne. Please do some research and read first hand accounts of children that have been raised by loving & caring same-sex parents. Listen with an open heart to their pain and anguish. That is why a gay man spoke at the rally against same-sex marriage because of the harm to children. That is why I am for traditional marriage. Studies have proven that children do best in a home with two biological parents. I am not against you for being gay. I believe there is room for all of us.

Arden HansenJanuary 30, 2014

This is a wonderful weave of imagery and thought, family love and social conscience. Thank you for being there and blessings on the new arrival.

KateJanuary 30, 2014

Superb article.... so well expressed. Praise be to all who attended this rally in support of traditional marriage. May the state of Utah continue in this just cause and be the sustentational influence for other states to do likewise.

David GreggJanuary 30, 2014

Great article and presentation. Thank you.

BrowneJanuary 30, 2014

As a gay man myself, I think this article misses one huge factor: No one is against traditional marriage. I was born and raised by the most traditional family imaginable. I love the idea of having two loving, supportive parents to raise me. And that is most often done with the traditional mother and father. But that being said, what about me? Do I get the chance to affirm my love to another person in the eyes of the law? There are hundreds of thousands of kids in foster homes or orphanages. Chances are me and the person I love will have the time and money-- couldn't we give our talents to care for a child who otherwise would have nothing?

ElizabethJanuary 30, 2014

Thanks for going and reporting, Scott. Thanks for the pictures. I feel buttressed by it all.

Florene MickelsonJanuary 30, 2014

Thank you, Scot, for that heartfelt report on an issue that is uppermost in many hearts in Utah and the whole of the United States of America. I give thanks every day that I am a daughter of parents who have a pioneer heritage and strong beliefs and values. I am grateful to be a daughter of such a family. And, oh yes...congratulations on the birth of another great spirit, your granddaughter. She is a noble spirit and has been prepared before she came to join and win the fight here on earth.

RodJanuary 30, 2014

Scot, Thank You for another excellent article. Congratulations to you and your family. The baby is absolutely beautiful. You are so right that family is what it is all about. It saddens me how far away from the family we have gotten and are still traveling in the wrong direction. This SSM issue is huge and will impact our families for the remainder of our days. What I don

DebbieJanuary 30, 2014

As people in my own ward and own family have taunted many of us who stand for traditional marriage, it has been difficult not having an avenue where I could stand up for my beliefs. Thank you for the opportunity to be united with so many others! I just knew that if I didn't attend I would always regret not being counted among those who would make a difference--hopefully! I appreciate the Meridian articles and all that is being done to support a healthier society. Utah can't afford to sit still and watch on the sidelines.

Barry HansenJanuary 30, 2014

Thank you for the report and photos, Scot, and for missing such a special occasion to be there. In spirit, I joined the 1500 from up here in Idaho. Wish I could have been there. I applaud all those who are willing to defend traditional marriage.

Catherine A.January 30, 2014

Beautiful, Scot. I so wish we could have been there. You know how strongly we feel about the issue. Thank you for writing about and leading out in the cause. I still have the image of Eliza on the VA marriage amendment brochure. A mom and dad in hand.

D. Kelly OgdenJanuary 30, 2014

Beautifully put, Scot. With all my heart I support the thoughts and feelings you expressed in words and pictures. Congratulations once again, happy grandpa. Truth will prevail -- forever!

mary jane fritzenJanuary 30, 2014

beautifully done!

Jeff DrakeJanuary 30, 2014

First of all, please let me get this out of the way so I can get on to what

Diane Kohler January 30, 2014

You have the support of many in Oregon who are and will be going through the exact same thing. Thank you for setting the example for us.

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