A Utah lawmaker has sponsored a bill
that seeks to refer to the marriages of gay and lesbian couples as
According to The New York Times,
shortly after the US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an
appeal in a case challenging Utah's restrictive marriage ban –
hence legalizing such unions in the state – Republican
Representative Kraig Powell opened a bill file in the Utah
legislature to revise marriage statutes.
Powell “suggested rewriting the law
to refer to same-sex marriages as 'pairages,'” the
Openly gay state Senator Jim Dabakis
balked at the idea, saying it represented “apartheid marriage.”
Powell, an opponent of marriage
equality, said the law should recognize the “innate differences”
between gay and straight couples.
“The differences between a same-sex
relationship and an opposite-sex relationship are large enough that
maybe we ought to recognize the difference between them,” he said.