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Gay rights » State leaders say it might not make sense to pass laws before courts have had their say.

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Anderegg is sponsoring a constitutional amendment and a bill, both aimed at protecting individual religious liberties, including guaranteeing that churches or members of churches cannot be forced against their beliefs to conduct same-sex marriages.

"There is certainly some thought [we’re] jumping the gun and appearing to be reactionary at this point," said Anderegg, although he said both of his bills have well over two-thirds support in both the House and Senate.

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Dueling Capitol rallies on same sex marriage

Both sides of Utah’s debate over same-sex marriage will rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday.

A Rally for Equality at 5 p.m. on the south steps of the Capitol, 350 N. State, will urge legislators to pass a statewide nondiscrimination law and deny Attorney General Sean Reyes the funding to appeal a ruling striking down Utah’s gay marriage ban.

At 7 p.m., supporters of the ban in Amendment 3 will gather for a Stand for Marriage rally inside the Capitol rotunda. Speakers will include Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, on why “the nation is relying on Utah to defend the truth about marriage in order to succeed before the Supreme Court,” according to a flier. Participants are encouraged to wear pink and blue to show support for heterosexual marriage.

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"There is a group of attorneys in both bodies that are having discussions about what they feel is the best course to pursue, and the LDS Church and a couple other religious institutions are also weighing in," he said. "If the speaker and the president feel like it’s best for things not to go forward … it’s quite possible they’ll say, ‘Jake, we want to sit on these.’ And if they do, I’m not going to throw a big stink. That’s the game."


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