.…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Are our state legislators really interested in the values of our Founding Fathers? Or are they more interested in property rights…..including owning the "pursuit of happiness" as property?
The interference of such rights are at stake with HB 182, being introduced by Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-District 48.
Christensen (R-District 48) has reintroduced a bill he tried to pass in 2006 which prohibits same-sex couples from making contractual agreements, such as wills and financial arrangements.
The bill, known in 2006 as HB 304, but now as HB 182, slides in under the generic title “Voiding Transactions Against Public Policy,” and declares “an arrangement, agreement, or transaction that is illegal or against public policy to be void and unenforceable.”
HB 182′s language is virtually word-for word from the narrowly-defeated 2006 measure, and if passed, would strip even more rights away from the same-sex couples who depend on contractual arrangements, as Utah denies them any of the inherent protections afforded to heterosexual couples.
Not only is this bill a violation of the rights of human beings, it is based on the religious beliefs of some on what constitutes a "union" between two individuals. It is part of their efforts to do everything possible to impose those beliefs on others through bills such as this one which go so far as to invade the private business of individuals; not to mention that it is unenforceable. Should a bill like this manage to get passed, everyone’s rights will be more at stake – regardless of gender preference.
Legislators such as Rep. Christensen are living a double standard. They send messages with some bills that demand less interference from the federal government and claim to want to live the values of Founding Fathers of the United States. Yet messages such as the degradation of the rights of human beings, as is the intent of HB 182, is antithetical to these other messages, which intend to infringe upon the "unalienable Rights" endowed by the Creator, including the "pursuit of Happiness" of all men, women and children.
(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)