Mountain West Marriages


Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. I really hope that Colorado does so soon. The parents of my sister’s partner are getting older, and they want to have a real marriage celebration, just like my wife and I had this summer (which they helped put on).Report

  2. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Hells yeah. What’s up with Utah? My wife and I were talking about the Greatest Places to Live on This Earth, and she said Colorado. And I agreed. With a caveat: Utah would be the best place except for their fushed up Laws.

    So this is great news to me.

    And since you’re here Burt: what do you think about the constitutionality of Utah’s prohibition on obtaining abortion coverage from private insurers?

    As a result, the American public along with many state legislators are now seeking a way to prohibit insurance coverage of most abortions in their states. Currently, eight states have laws, dating back as far as 1978, that prohibit private insurance plans operating within their states from covering most abortions. Four of these laws were enacted in 2011. All eight have an exception for when the mother’s life is at risk and one state permits coverage under more circumstances. Notably, every state but Utah explicitly permits abortion coverage through the purchase of an optional rider and payment of an additional premium.Report

    • I really miss Colorado. Fortunately, starting tomorrow, my wife and I are going to spend the next 9 days there.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Pierre Corneille says:


        Pierre, I thought you didlive here. Did you move recently?Report

      • Actually, I was born and raised in Colorado (Denver proper). But I moved to Chicago in 2003.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Pierre Corneille says:

        I was raised in Chicago and have lived out here (+/-) since ’82. It was a hard place to leave, actually, once I got a feel of the city. It’s a great place. (Except for the weather, which suggs.)

        Do you live downtown?Report

      • I live in Ukrainian Village, near Chicago Ave. and Western, about 3 or 4 miles from the Loop.

        Where in Colorado do you live? My sister lives in Denver, but I have family in Brighton and Aravada and Highlands Ranch.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Pierre Corneille says:

        I live in Longmont. A Proud Homeowner! It was the only place we could afford to buy that worked for us. Both my wife and I would love to live in Lyons, and our roots (Colorado) roots are in Boulder. (Which has become even more overbearing than it was, so I don’t miss it that much.)

        I grew up in Oak Park and as a kid took the train down to the city regularly. Later, we moved to Evanston, which is a realy great town. And when I moved out, I took an apartment on the near north side – where Clark, Broadway and Diversey meet – which was soooo much fun. My place was a block and a half from the lake; I was within walking distance to about 5 classic Blues joints; great food all over the place; used record and book stores galore. Wrigley was a five minute train ride away, the Loop was ten. We’d go to day-games and hit the Italian restaurant on the way back, and they’d bring out glasses of free red wine to all of us waiting outside for a table. It was really awesome. Man, what a great place.Report

      • @stillwater

        I know that area you used to live at near Diversey and Clark and Broadway, although it’s probably changed a lot (more gentrified?…I don’t know) from when you lived there. I like it, but I’m such a homebody that we hardly go there.

        My wife and I have a nice Italian place we go to where they give us free wine. I’m not much of a wine drinker, but it’s a nice place.

        I’ve only been to Longmont a few times. But I went to Boulder for my MA and yes, it can be overbearing and is probably more so now than 13 years ago or so when I lived there. My nephew works (or at least used to) in Longmont.Report

    • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Stillwater says:

      I think you mean Brooklyn 🙂

      This is a federal court decision so it has to go through the process before it really sticks but it is an interesting test case.

      New Mexico was legislative so that is more holding power.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Burt, assuming the Utah decision is appealed, what do you think happens? My bet would be it’s overturned by the Circuit and the Supreme Court doesn’t hear an appeal of that. I mean, it’s great and all, but it’s not like there’s any consensus or precedent that a state’s banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional per se.Report