All Hail King Herbert 

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Dear Gov. Herbert: I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the people of Utah. I feel obliged to speak for the majority of Utahns: those who support your decision to no longer recognize those same-sex marriages that were performed for hundreds of citizens up until the SCOTUS stay.

I wanted to say thank you, and offer you the support that you will need for the next few months—hell, maybe even years! It takes a lot of courage to be the first governor in the history of the United Sates to invoke divine right. I am so glad to have an elected leader who is not afraid to stand up to pesky things like the Constitution, public opinion, equality, due process, law, common sense and common decency.

I cannot believe that people would have the audacity to ask you to “Let it Stand.” How dare they! It’s clearly in the Utah Constitution (which doesn’t apply to you, my lord) that marriage is between a man and a woman. I mean, come on, a rally at the Capitol to protest your decision—what good will that do? Have these people never taken a history class? France’s Louis XIV, the Sun King, never swayed to the will of his people. Nor shall Herbert the Honorable! King George III had no desire to recognize his “American” subjects as equal, and therefore His Royal Highness Herbert shan’t recognize the “gay” citizens of Utah!

Your majesty, you have my support. Thank you for standing up to the law and rights. Imagine if you gave into the radical notion of the rebellious couples who want to be treated as equal and with respect under the “law.” What’s next? Will they want to buy homes, raise children, have jobs and pay taxes? What if they even want to run for public office?

Thank you, and God bless you. Long live the King, His Royal Highness Gary Herbert!

Corbin Edginton
Cedar City

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