Utah lawmakers postpone vote on bill to allow adoption by gay couples

Christensen later asked an official with the Utah attorney general’s office who directed him to review the state’s laws in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling.

David Carlson, who directs the Utah Attorney General’s Child Protection Division, said the state Human Services Department and child welfare agency asked for the review.

“So they independently asked you to do that?” Christensen asked.

Carlson said that was correct.

Christensen started to ask whether the state had an expanded focus if the court decision was limited to a decision about who can marry.

Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, tried to ask whether Christensen was violating legislative rules by interrupting the presentation, but Christensen wouldn’t allow the discussion. He and King argued briefly and Christensen threatened to end the meeting before allowing it continue.

Orem Republican Rep. Keven Stratton, citing the late hour and concern that people had about the issue, called for the committee to adjourn and resume discussion of the issue at a future meeting, which could come next week.

Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, the bill sponsor, declined to comment after the hearing.

She later sent out a statement saying the law of the land is clear on the issue and Utah’s laws should reflect that.

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