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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert: Officials Refusing to Defend Gay Marriage Bans Court ‘Anarchy’ - VIDEO

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Utah governor Gary Herbert isn’t too pleased with elected officials like Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for refusing to fight rulings against their states' bans on same-sex marriage in court. In fact, Herbert is convinced these officials are a threat to democracy itself.

The Advocate reports:

“For elected officials, governors, and attorneys general, to say pick and choose which laws they will enforce, I think, is a tragedy and the next step toward anarchy,” Herbert said Thursday at his monthly press conference, televised by public TV station KUED.

Herbert was referring to decisions in states such as Oregon and Pennsylvania, where governors and attorneys general have either not defended marriage bans in court at all or declined to appeal judicial decisions striking them down. Both states saw their bans voided by federal judges this week.

“I find it very disappointing,” he said of these officials’ actions. “Voices here in our community, media and others, ought to, in fact, call them on the carpet and say, ‘You have a responsibility to defend the law that’s been put on the books by the people.’”

And what of the responsibility of these public officials to call out these bans for what they really are - unconstitutional?

Watch Herbert's news conference, in which he goes on to waffle on the question of whether or not being gay is a "choice," AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. He is nothing but a puppet for the Mor(m)on cult.

    Posted by: Steve | May 24, 2014 4:33:35 PM


  2. It's not "anarchy" to decline to appeal a case you're almost certain to lose. It's called common sense and being a responsible steward of the taxpayer.

    Posted by: Boone68 | May 24, 2014 4:49:06 PM


  3. Another Mormon moron.

    Posted by: Richard | May 24, 2014 5:09:41 PM


  4. Perhaps these right wing GOP Governors who believe in state's rights even if they are in conflict with the US Constitution are following the example of Alabama Governor George Wallace who proclaimed "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" as he stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama to block the entry of two black students.

    Posted by: shanestud | May 24, 2014 5:20:18 PM


  5. That,s the kind of stuff that used to get me fired up for days. Now, it's just like, "Mary, can you see the wall? Can you see what's written on it? No? Too effen bad. The rest of the world can."

    Posted by: Jeff | May 24, 2014 5:20:21 PM


  6. Utah is two thirds morholes.
    Its' public officials are the puppets that satisfy the older mormon voters and elders

    And you have to understand that no morhole is ever wrong.

    Posted by: Bob K | May 24, 2014 5:25:34 PM


  7. I think what he is saying is that bigots are getting very angry about equal rights for everyone, and they are about to get their guns and go anarchist. They tried democracy and don't like it.

    Posted by: james street james | May 24, 2014 5:26:10 PM


  8. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:50:05 PM


  9. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:50:16 PM


  10. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:51:28 PM


  11. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:52:52 PM


  12. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:53:03 PM


  13. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:53:06 PM


  14. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:53:18 PM


  15. Back around 1953, when I was in high school, the Texas State Legislature passed a "law" that declared that anything that they passed superseded any Federal Law. Clearly unconstitutional, but after all, it was Texas.

    Posted by: Joel | May 24, 2014 5:54:39 PM


  16. Could the Democrats please start playing the same games and start impeaching GOP dingbats on the basis of stupid, or at the very least, false representation on governing capacity?

    When your IQ is so low you can't even be bothered to look-up the definitions of words such as Democracy, you should NOT be allowed to govern!

    Posted by: JOEw | May 24, 2014 6:30:59 PM


  17. And not a peep about the extraordinary position of a governor refusing to recognize a legally entered-into marriage PERFORMED IN HIS OWN STATE.

    Posted by: BobN | May 24, 2014 6:47:56 PM


  18. Ok, so refusing to defend the unconstitutional equals anarchy. Got it.

    While we're at it, hate means love, love means hate, up means down, down means up, family means rejection, rejection means family, truth means lies, lies means truth, goodness means badness, badness means goodness...

    Are anti-gays the manifestation of their own version of the anti-christ?

    Posted by: Diamondillium | May 24, 2014 8:24:28 PM


  19. The only thing worse than a tyrant is a traitor.

    Judge Jones is a tyrant. Governor Corbett is a traitor.

    Posted by: TKinSC | May 24, 2014 9:57:04 PM


  20. TKINSC: Troll alert!

    Posted by: paulinhonolulu | May 24, 2014 11:03:30 PM


  21. Tell the Jacka## to keep his nose out of other State's business.

    Posted by: Oreo | May 28, 2014 12:00:34 AM


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