Advocates of same-sex marriage are outraged that the lead attorney in Utah's fight to roll back same-sex marriage says he is taking the job for religious reasons.
According to an email being circulated by gay rights groups, Gene Schaerr, a Washington, D.C., partner at Winston & Strawn, says he's quitting his job to become the lead counsel on the State of Utah’s case against marriage equality “so that I can fulfill what I have come to see as a religious and family duty: defending the constitutionality of traditional marriage in the state where my church is headquartered and where most of my family resides.”
We're going to take a wild guess that Schaerr isn't a member of the Salt Lake-based Summum church, but the other Utah-based religion, Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons).
Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign Fred Sainz says, “It’s alarming that the reason Gene Schaerr gives for taking this position has nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution or the legal issues at play. Schaerr’s entire motivation for taking this anti-equality case is to impose a certain religious viewpoint on all Utahns—and that’s wrong. When you become an attorney, you take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, not any particular religious doctrine.”
Sainz has obviously never visited in Utah were everything has a religious dimension—including liquor laws.
Same-sex marriage was legal between December 20th and Monday, January 6th, until the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court’s decision pending appeal.