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Utah’s New Attorney General Promises to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Dec 31, 2013
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Sean Reyes
Sean Reyes  (Source:AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Keith Johnson)

Utah is the latest state to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses, but the state’s new attorney general, who was just sworn into office on Monday, has already vowed to defend a ban prohibiting same-sex marriage. the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Utah Republican Gov. Gary Hubert picked Sean Reyes as attorney general, during at time where Hubert’s administration is battling a judge’s decision to overturn a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

"We stumble and fall and we pick ourselves up and we journey forward. In a large part, that’s what this event today is about," Herbert said. "He has the right background and, most importantly, he has the right demeanor to take on what I consider a new beginning for the attorney general’s office."

Utah is expected to soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, who ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Reyes discussed how the state will proceed with the battle on marriage equality in the state.

"I’m starting day one with a case involving the defense of marriage. I’m not going to talk today, at least here, about the merits of the case, but this could be a potentially divisive case," Reyes said. "I don’t think it needs to be divisive. With the respect and good will from those on both sides of the issue, I think we can disagree in a healthy way and still remember we are all still Utahns."

The Tribune reports that Reyes was asked if he believed marriage should be a constitutionally protected right. The attorney general said, "marriage, as a fundamental right, has been developed in a number of cases with the Supreme Court."

Comments

  • Wayne M., 2013-12-31 15:46:49

    Rather than wasting taxpayers’ money defending discrimination, Reyes would make better use of his effort by encouraging groups and organizations that help couples prepare for marriage and get help when needed. This would actually strengthen marriage. Reserving marriage as a special right for opposite sex couples does nothing to prevent divorce and other marital problems.


  • GT, 2014-01-01 18:36:25

    He will waste millions of tax payer dollars, some of it collected from gay and lesbian tax payers to promote a religious cause. This is so wrong!


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