On Top Magazine | December 21, 2013
Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, reiterated his opposition to gay marriage following a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby said in his ruling handed down Friday that the state’s 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions violates the 14th Amendment.
“I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah,” Herbert said in a statement. “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.”