Re Bob Fuehr's commentary ("Gay marriage is latest federal encroachment on Utah values," Tribune, Dec. 28) about Judge Robert Shelby's ruling ("Federal judge strikes down Utah ban on same-sex marriage," Tribune, Dec. 21):
He expressed the usual Republican diatribe about "liberal activist judges," "executive orders" and, of course, President Obama. Not once did he explain why same-sex marriage should be outlawed. He did not explain the how it would harm Utah, either socially or fiscally. He provided no evidence that legalized same-sex marriage will result in more divorce, out-of-wedlock births, crime, drug use, suicide, or any other social ill. That is because there is no evidence.
Mr. Fuehr also said the state can "adopt social laws that reflect their values." But this is a moral argument for churches to decide whether to accept such unions. (The Catholic Church does not recognize legal marriages between divorcees, which is its right.)