Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Prompts Petitions
Opponents and supporters of a federal judge’s ruling overturning Utah’s same-sex marriage ban both have launched online petition drives seeking support for their positions.
More than 17,000 people have signed a petition urging Gov. Gary Herbert to let U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s ruling stand, according to organizer Tim Wagner.
"What I hope to get from this at least is to get the governor to recognize that there’s a substantial portion of the population of voters in Utah who don’t view this in the same way he does," Wagner, who created the petition hours after Friday’s ruling, told KSL (http://bit.ly/1cLE0Mq ).
Herbert has criticized the ruling, saying it attempts to "override the will of the people of Utah" and that the state will fight it to defend traditional marriage. He urged Shelby to grant a motion to stay the decision until the state’s appeal can be heard.
The Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah, created a petition to show support for traditional marriage. Without providing numbers, spokesman Bill Duncan would only say the number of signatures is beyond what was expected.