The short answer: Not so much.
Although Gov. Gary Herbert's comments at a Thursday press conference have sparked outrage and ridicule on social media, a University of Utah law professor said it's unlikely to have any impact on the state's effort to defend its same-sex marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby did not find there was any animus, or ill will, in the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage when he overturned the amendment back in December, but the plaintiffs' attorneys have contended there was.
Several Utahns have voiced their ire over Herbert's comments — that other states not defending their gay marriage bans is the "next step toward anarchy," and that "what you choose to do with your sexual orientation is different than what you're born with as your race" — but legally, they may not amount to much.