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Mumford said that the lawsuit gave Utah an opportunity to be on the forefront of defending traditional marriage and it was unfortunate that, because of the turmoil in the attorney general’s office, the state was not represented.
Tarbet countered, however, that the state was represented and attorneys in the office spent three days in mock court exercises preparing for the arguments.
"Regardless of what happens with [the federal court case], we’re going to move forward based on protecting the will of the people as passed in Amendment 3," Tarbet said.
Smith said traditional values are being threatened and it is time for the state to defend them. Wilkins noted that the state constitution normally trumps a law and said he would make the argument in court that the state should have the authority to define marriage as it sees fit.
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