Herbert says Utah will review polygamy ruling
Published: December 14, 2013 09:43PM
Updated: December 14, 2013 11:04PM
Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Governor Gary Herbert votes in one of five seperate ballots as The Republican State Central Committee met to choose three names to send to the Governor to replace AG John Swallow. After five ballots they chose: Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and finally Brian Tarbet, Saturday December 13 2013.

Gov. Gary Herbert on Saturday said he had not had a chance to review the ruling striking much of Utah’s anti-polygamy law, but said his legal counsel would determine what the ramifications are.

“I’m always a little concerned when we have decisions that change public policy by the courts,” Herbert said. “I’d much rather see decisions on social issues come from our Legislature representing the will of the people. So I’m a little bit jaundice-eyed, but I need to understand the arguments and logic and what the ramifications of this decision really will be for Utah.”

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups’ on Friday issued a ruling effectively decriminalizing polygamy. Waddoups let stand the portion of the bigamy law prohibiting a person having multiple active marriage licenses.


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