Debakis sent out this tweet the morning of the decision: "Wedding bells in the future, finally? #utpol"
A divided Supreme Court has struck down a key part of a law that denies to legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits provided to heterosexual spouses.
Senator Dabakis released this statement following the court's decision:
"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Before DOMA, for 200 years leaving the definition of marriage up to the states was clearly the right choice.
Utah must now decide if it is ready to open its arms to diversity and recognize that marriage is good for all society or if our state will continue to discriminate. With so many young LGBT Utahan's deciding to marry and build families, it only makes sense to recognize those civil marriages. Religious matters, including marriage, should be left strictly to Churches but civil matters should be accepted without discrimination.
If Utah remains steadfast in its opposition to marriage equality, it will be increasingly difficult to bring out-of-state companies to Utah. Imagine the HR director of a national company explaining to LGBT employees that they are being transfered to Utah. Explaining to employees that they may no longer be married. Explaining that their adopted children may not be theirs anymore, that they may lose their federal benefits and that the state will not recognize the dignity of their relationship. Not exactly good for bringing business to Utah."