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Attorney General Race In Utah Divided Over Candidates' Stance On Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

UtahreyesIn a timely turn of events, the attorney general race in Utah could be decided by the opposing candidate's views on same-sex marriage, and the government's responsibility to adhere to state laws.

Current AG, Sean Reyes (right), has defended Utah's same-sex marriage ban tooth-and-nail, and is even looking into appealing the recent decision to recognize the marriages performed while the act was briefly legal in the state. Reyes' opponent, Democrat Charles Stormont (bottom left), works under Reyes in the AG's office but has an entirely different outlook.

KUTV reports:

"It's time to stop the fight and leave these families alone and let them enjoy their rights and fundamental freedoms," said Stormont who points to the expense of the legal battle  "Let's stop throwing money at this losing battle," he said feeling confident the nation's highest court will support marriage equality as a fundamental right.   

UtahstormontThough it is not a rousing statement of support, Stormont's message makes clear his desire to let the increasingly positive trajectory of same-sex marriage cases in the U.S. take its course in Utah as well. It is worth noting, too, that the appeals process thus far, according to AG spokesperson Missy Larsen, has cost around $400,000.

Unlike Stormont, though, Reyes believes it is his professional duty to uphold the state's laws.

“As Attorney General, I do not have the liberty or luxury of choosing which laws to defend. My sworn duty is to support, obey and defend all the laws of the State of Utah.  I realize Amendment 3 is a highly emotional issue. I know some suggest that you can pick and choose which laws to protect. I fundamentally and professionally disagree. Refusing to defend laws passed democratically by citizens amounts to an improper litigation veto. 
 
Regardless of how one feels personally or politically, the only way to restore trust in the AG's office is to have the AG uphold the law unless that law is deemed unconstitutional by the highest court. The question of constitutionality in this case has yet to be answered."

Here's hoping that Stormont can gain some ground in the race and push Utah toward a vision of equality.

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  1. "The question of constitutionality in this case has yet to be answered."

    No, Mr. Attorney General, it was resoundingly answered in many federal court by wiser minds than yours, and if you bother reading the Supreme Court decision on DOMA, you'll see that you're going to loose no matter how much money you waste.

    Posted by: Craig | May 24, 2014 8:22:27 AM


  2. "The question of constitutionality in this case has yet to be answered."

    No, Mr. Attorney General, it was resoundingly answered in many federal court by wiser minds than yours, and if you bother reading the Supreme Court decision on DOMA, you'll see that you're going to loose no matter how much money you waste.

    Posted by: Craig | May 24, 2014 8:22:30 AM


  3. "The question of constitutionality in this case has yet to be answered."

    No, Mr. Attorney General, it was resoundingly answered in many federal court by wiser minds than yours, and if you bother reading the Supreme Court decision on DOMA, you'll see that you're going to loose no matter how much money you waste.

    Posted by: Craig | May 24, 2014 8:22:30 AM


  4. The attorneys general of California, Oregon and Pennsylvania correctly recognized that the proper role of their office was not to defend every invalid law to the death. In Utah they are just a little behind.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | May 24, 2014 8:41:01 AM


  5. Well, the guy's right... it is a huge waste of money, but idiocy has never been a barrier to exercising ignorance, has it?

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 24, 2014 10:41:20 AM


  6. The Utah law was deemed wrong by a judge (third and EQUAL) branch of government. The appeal is above and beyond duty and only being done if one thinks the law is constitutional,, which it is not.

    So he's anti gay and stupid.

    The constitution doesn't say everything has to wait until it reaches supreme court. They are only there because people don't like lising, and its a system to give people a couple of chances.

    But the court has already decided. He just doesn't accept their decision.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 24, 2014 5:25:02 PM


  7. How much money has Christian Inc. paid their elected Utah AG, Reyes? Why do they hide their contributions?

    I would like to see the nasty Christian bigot who ignored a federal court order forced to pay the maximum penalty under the law. He deserves to go to jail, and he deserves to pay the $1000 fine because he went above and beyond defending his state's precious gay-hating marriage ban in court. He went out of his way to insure a legal adoption between a legally married same-sex couple would be unadopted. He is a nasty, corrupt member of the AmeriKan Christian industry.

    Posted by: FlexSF | May 27, 2014 12:10:35 PM


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