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Utah governor says he’s committed to gay marriage ban, urges respect

Thursday, January 30, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s committed to defending Utah’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage but says the issue should be handled with civility and respect.

Rick Bowmer, APGov.  Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Rick Bowmer, AP
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

The Republican governor addressed the issue during his annual State of the State speech Wednesday evening.

More than 1,000 gay couples wed in Utah after a federal judge overturned the ban in late December.

Herbert ordered state agencies to freeze recognition of the same-sex marriages once the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah an emergency stay earlier this month.

The governor says there is no place for hatred or bigotry as the controversial issue plays out in federal court.

Herbert’s comments come a day after hundreds of supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage packed the state Capitol for opposing rallies.

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38 more reader comments:

  1. Why don’t he commit to no divorce then…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:38pm
  2. How can he urge respect, when he is disrespecting 10-20% of the population…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:38pm
  3. Respect? Hmmm

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:38pm
  4. Oh wait… you’re serious. Let me laugh even harder.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:38pm
  5. fucking asshole. everyone should riot and fuckin get it changed

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:39pm
  6. Definitely hasn’t earn respect in my book

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:39pm
  7. Thus why we have separation of church and state. Gay marriage will not hurt your marriage or your life.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  8. :/

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  9. Respecting WHAT? Prejudice and bigotry?

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  10. You get no respect until you give us what we want!!! Fuck Gary Herbert!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  11. Way to go, Guv! I mean, really, now nice that you’re letting voters decide who does and doesn’t get equal rights! It’s so forward thinking of you! You should be so proud of your narrow minded views that are equal to those in this country during the time of slavery and when women had no rights!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  12. So it’s not April 1st?

    “The governor says there is no place for hatred or bigotry as the controversial issue plays out in federal court.”

    So what exactly is he doing??? Being a hateful bigot?

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  13. he is refusing people basic human rights and we should treat him with respect? these people make me sick

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  14. he woud not know respect, if it hit him the head

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  15. Respect us while we disrespect you!! Oh governor..you’re funny. Utah.. it’s not just for Mormons! Oh wait… yes it is.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:40pm
  16. FUCKING ASSHOLE.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:41pm
  17. His speech was crap. “No room for bigotry”

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:41pm
  18. Because discrimination is so “respectful”

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:41pm
  19. Taking away people’s right and happiness but wants to be respected for doing so? He needs to understand the concept of respect, it doesn’t work that way.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  20. Hes committed to spending 2 million in tax dollars to fight this, when the SCOTUS is going to tell him it is unconstitutional!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  21. I don’t give respect to elitist assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  22. Oh yeah, ok, he wants respect but he’s going to do that. He’s making it very hard for people to respect him. My advice to him would be, don’t pull crap like this and then demand respect because I am 1 HUMAN BEING who will NOT give you anything!! If you take away from others, don’t expect anything in return!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  23. This Homo Stultus, knuckle dragging asshole needs to remember that the LGBT community votes, and pays taxes! Straight ally here!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  24. Nice, respectful hate…. I respectfully suggest he be committed

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  25. He’s one to talk about hatred and bigotry….

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  26. Respect????

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:42pm
  27. Why doesn’t he commit to help reduce unemployment instead?

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:43pm
  28. This guy and Governor Snyder of Michigan need to sail off into the ocean somewhere… And get lost.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:43pm
  29. If he don’t like gay marriage that’s fine no one is forcing him to get one

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:43pm
  30. Lmao, another one bites the dust.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:44pm
  31. Telling a group of people they are less than human is not civility and respect. Just another republican bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:44pm
  32. Of course he is. Now I am all for the other great religion of the world becoming “respectful” as they take control and push these vile people into the garbage cans of history.

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:44pm
  33. It’s just so disheartening when I see us going backward as a civilization. Sigh…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:45pm
  34. Let’s ban his marriage then too

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:46pm
  35. bigots unite :-(

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:46pm
  36. Bigot

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:46pm
  37. Respect what? Your bigotry? Go fuck yourself!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:47pm
  38. He has no respect for the gay community, so i have no respect for this cocksucker…

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:47pm