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Herbert says Utah will review polygamy ruling

Published December 14, 2013 9:43 pm

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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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