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  • UPDATED: Statements regarding Utah's same-sex marriage from Governor Gary Herbert, Senator Jim Dabakis, Office of the Attorney General, and the Utah Eagle Forum
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 12/22/13 - 08:14 AM | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - Judge Robert J. Shelby of United States District Court, ordered Utah to immediately cease enforcement of its laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman on December 20. The following are official statements regarding this decision.


    Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet:

    “We are vigorously pursuing the appeal and we intend to bring a Motion to Stay before Judge Shelby at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. If he declines to rule at that time, we have already petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit for a temporary stay pending Judge Shelby’s decision.”

    Governor Gary R. Herbert:

    “Yesterday afternoon’s ruling from Judge Robert Shelby of the U.S. Federal Court has created a chaotic situation in our state that requires an expedited judicial resolution. Utahns deserve a fair and complete judicial process and I strongly encourage Judge Shelby to grant the Motion for Stay until the appeal can be heard and Utah’s constitutional defense of traditional marriage restored.”


    “I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”


    The federal district court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right has never been established in any previous case in the 10th Circuit. The state is requesting an emergency stay pending the filing of an appeal. The Attorney General’s Office will continue reviewing the ruling in detail until an appeal is filed to support the constitutional amendment passed by the citizens of Utah.


    "The Utah Attorney General's Office and the plaintiffs in the Amendment 3 lawsuit discussed with U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby this afternoon a stay of his decision prohibiting Utah's definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Judge Shelby declined to stay his decision on the court's own accord and would not entertain an oral motion to stay. As a result, the Attorney General's Office is filing a written motion to stay, which the judge has said he will resolve on an expedited basis."


    "It is not like Utah to discriminate. There is a vast difference between civil and religious marriage and I hope that the state will recognize that it should treat all of its citizens equally. I will continue to respect a religious organization's ability to marry only people it chooses.

    Today the state has told thousands of LGBT families that they are not second class citizens and their families are not fake.

    As Governor Herbert has run to court to annul my marriage today, Stephen and I are not expecting a wedding present."


    We are very disappointed that one man, Judge Shelby, would override the will of 66% of the voters in Utah. A Federal Judge does not have the right to define marriage for the state of Utah. Judge Shelby has put himself on equal footing with God in trying to re-define the sacred institution of marriage. Marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman. Anything other than that is a violation of God's laws and is immoral.

    We expect the court to grant a stay to the ruling while the state of Utah moves forward with our appeal to Judge Shelby's ruling. No same-sex marriages should be performed in Utah while Utah is in the appeals process.

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