After the surprising announcement that US District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah’s amendment banning same-sex marriage in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert wasted no time airing his and his claim of many other Utahans’ grievances from the bully pulpit.
“This is so gay,” Gov. Herbert said, in a measured tone. “Like, seriously, really gay.” It was unclear whether the Guv meant ‘gay’ in the offhand, offensive way some people use it for, or actually gay, given the landmark ruling avails same-sex couples, many of whom are in fact gay, the same marriage rights as opposite-sex couples.
More ambiguity followed as Gov. Herbert stated, “the majority of the people of Utah agree that this activist federal judge ruled in a queer manner,” not specifying whether he meant queer to mean ‘gay’, which would make sense since the ruling gives individuals in the LGBT community the right to wed lawfully, or if he meant it to mean something unorthodox and odd, which would also make sense since many traditionalists in the Beehive State believe the federal judge acted out of line.
When pressed for comment, Gov. Herbert coolly remarked that those in line at the Salt Lake County Courthouse awaiting marriage licenses are “a bunch of homosexuals,” again leaving a lot of gray area as to whether he was speaking rudely or just stating facts.