There is an axiom that Utah culture is only a decade, perhaps even only a few years, behind a broader American culture in decline. Last week, as the Utah House of Representatives debated the Dating Violence Protection Act, HB50, further evidence arose that perhaps this axiom is true.
The bill would extend legal protections, in cases of actual or threatened violence, protections already existing for people married and cohabitating, to people on dates. In the process, the bill creates legal standing for a “dating relationship.” In fact, a good portion of the bill defines that relationship.
When the integrity of the law matches the integrity of what our laws were designed to uphold, the basis of law is personhood.
Click here to read the rest of Paul Mero’s op-ed at the Deseret News website.