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Here are quotes from people reacting to the federal court ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage:

"Like many Utahns, I am disappointed in the federal court ruling today. I believe that the sanctity of marriage is best protected by maintaining the traditional definition as being between one man and one woman. I disagree with Judge Shelby's assertion that there is no rational basis for maintaining this traditional definition that has served societies and cultures for thousands of years."

— Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah

"Like many judges before him, Judge Shelby recognized the fundamental equality of gay and lesbian couples guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Today, same-sex couples in Utah have renewed hope that they will soon be free to marry, and there is no legal or moral reason for the state to stand in their way."

— Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin

"We're glad that the court has ruled against this discriminatory law. This law only serves to deny loving and committed couples the protection and dignity that only comes with marriage. We congratulate the brave couples who brought this challenge and their legal team."

— John Mejia, legal director of the ACLU of Utah

"I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah."

— Gov. Gary Herbert

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