Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert Takes No Immediate Action To Stop Gay Marriages But Vows To Defend Traditional Marriage

6a00d8341c730253ef0120a61fab5b970c-800wiIn response to Judge Robert J. Shelby's historic decision today, striking down Utah's Amendment 3, which banned gay marriage in Utah, effectively legalizing gay marriage, Utah's Governor Gary R. Herbert expressed his dismay and vowed to continue to defend traditional marriage:

"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 announcement is not a surprise coming from a Governor who previously insisted that denying marriage equality does not discriminate against LGBT citizens.


  1. disgusted American says

    by defend traditional marriage, does he intend to wear a suit of armor? I mean really…….how long do this bigots think they can hold out……16 states and counting….this piece-meal crap aint gonna fly much longer……

  2. Rafael says

    Lets start by calling things what they are. Governor Herbert isn’t defending anything. He has vowed to harm gay people by doing anything in his power to deprive them from their right to marry. Completely disgusting.

  3. MikeBoston says

    Why is a judge considered an ‘activist’ only because they applied the federal constitution to a state law?

    I am embarrassed for these people.

  4. Francis says

    The AG of Utah has filed an emergency injunction within the past minutes. That’s why couples are basically running to their local city/county offices to get married immediately. All the higher ups in Utah’s state government are going to go gun ho in stopping equality in the state. Going to be great when they eventually lose, although they may succeed in drawing out the process.

  5. Bill says

    @MikeBoston : an “activist judge” is defined de facto as a judge who made a decision someone didn’t like. It is easier to blame the judge than to blame the idiots who wrote the law that made a mess of things.

  6. Ryan says

    I’d love to see the day when someone told a straight white guy they couldn’t do something. Heads would explode. It must be so nice to talk down to people from a place of privilege like this disgusting waste of air.

  7. BobN says

    I’m OK with the AG talking like this, but not the Governor. The AG has a job to do and that includes defending the laws before the courts and, in the course of that, disagreeing with rulings.

    The governor has a duty to the constitution and a federal judge has just told him what the constitution says. At best, he should adopt Thumper’s mother’s rule.

  8. anon says

    Deep down, I’m certain he’s glad this is no longer a political issue he has to lose over. He can pretend to fight until the cows come home, but I’m sure he knows politically that he’s better off not trying too hard. Chris Christie put the issue behind him (not an easy task) as quickly as he could.

  9. SteveInDE says

    Okay, the question here is what does defending “traditional marriage” entail? “Traditional marriage” in Utah is in no more need of defense today than it was yesterday.

    If the governor is serious about “traditional marriage,” then whatever he is going to do has nothing to do with today’s ruling. As a governor, I hope he will look out for all his constituents, and defend all of those who choose to marry, not just the ones who choose to engage in “traditional marriage.”

  10. TKinSC says

    Allowing same-sex marriage threatens traditional marriage in the same way giving out Purple Hearts to those who don’t deserve them undermines the significance of the Purple Heart.

    Purple Hearts have been rescinded, on the mere basis that a post hoc review showed the technical criteria weren’t met, even though the recipient may have otherwise served his country valiantly.

    Restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples is not a slight toward homosexuals. It’s a recognition that a commitment between a man and a woman is special, in that it is the only love capable of producing children (and thus continuing the human race), and the optimal arrangement for raising them.

  11. Francis says

    Gary Herbert isn’t Chris Christie. The man is very anti-gay. He and the entire state government of Utah is going to fight this very hard, partially due to the fact most Utahans are against marriage equality. One can be sure of that, although they’ll still lose in the end, one way or another.

  12. says

    @TKINSC: The court decision thoroughly addresses your concerns and dismisses them as groundless. Equal protection means just that.

  13. TKinSC says


    Of course the court dismisses them as groundless. Because that’s what an activist federal judge drunk with power over the notion that he can overrule the will of millions of people with a stroke of a pen does. Decides he personally doesn’t buy the argument and declares that he in his infinite wisdom knows better than those actually responsible for ensuring the well-being of the state and its people.

    Ah well, if this is what is needed to force Governor Moonbeam out in California to comply with the will of *his* state’s people and enforce Proposition 8, then so be it. Moonbeam is about to be schooled in what it means to preserve, protect, and defend the state Constitution.

  14. jjose712 says

    TKinSC: You are stupid beyond belief, if your straight marriage means less because gays can marry, you marriage didn’t worth that much in first place

  15. says

    @TKINSC: “Activist judge” = judge you don’t agree with. The constitution will prevail.

    And why on earth are you talking about Proposition 8 and Gov. Brown? You realize Prop 8 is history and this case is in Utah?

  16. RonCharles says

    Anytime I see the phrase “Traditional Marriage,” I think of the wonderful YouTube video:

    “Mrs. Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage To Everyone Else” by MrsBettyBowers

    If you have not seen it yet, surf over to YouTube, look it up and watch it.

    You will be glad that you did.

  17. Brad says

    Tradition has nothing to do with the rights and privileges of the people of this fine exceptional country. Neither tradition or religion trumps those rights