Utah Governor Open To Law Allowing Civil Unions


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday indicated he'd be open to a law allowing civil unions if Utah citizens pushed for such an option for gay couples in the future.

No such proposal is pending, and the governor says his job is to defend Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, which also prohibits civil unions.

Herbert, a Republican, made the comments during his monthly televised news conference Thursday morning.

The governor says he was surprised and disappointed in December when a federal judge overturned Utah's gay marriage ban.

More than 1,000 gay couples rushed to wed until the U.S. Supreme Court halted the marriages this month.

Utah has appealed to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They're expected to issue a decision in a few months.


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