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Herbert says Utah will review polygamy ruling

First Published Dec 14 2013 05:47PM      Last Updated Dec 14 2013 11:04 pm

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) With pen at the ready, Utah Governor Gary Herbert applaudes after one of the candidates speeches. 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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