Letter: Tribune has no business urging gay couples to ignore law

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For The Salt Lake Tribune to suggest and even encourage gay couples to violate Utah tax codes ("Utah gay couples should ignore tax commission and file jointly," Our View, Oct. 15) by declaring they are legally married is an outrage and is indefensible.

For months The Tribune has informed its readers that the ACA is the law of the land and should be obeyed, although American citizens are powerless to do anything else. Well folks, Amendment 3 of Utah's Constitution is also the law of Utah, providing that marriage is only between one man and one woman, and likewise should be obeyed.

The Tribune asks, "Who are you going to listen to? Brett Tolman and Anthony Scalia or John Swallow?" That has nothing to do with it. John Swallow did not write the Utah Constitution, and I dare say neither he nor Anthony Scalia would advocate breaking the law by filing fraudulent Utah tax returns.

The Tribune even has the audacity to state, "It's unlikely the state would catch you if you just went ahead and filed a joint return." Unbelievable!

Clair Reese

St. George