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"We respect the State’s right to seek review of its own law in the highest Court in the land," Peggy Tomsic said in a statement. "But we also respectfully, and vehemently, disagree with the notion that States can deny one of the most foundational rights to the millions of same-sex couples living across this great land."
Lawmakers, citizens and Democratic Attorney General Candidate Charles Stormont have criticized Utah for continuing to fight the battle over Amendment 3.
"While states’ rights are incredibly important, they cannot trump individual rights," Stormont said in a statement Tuesday. "The attorney general has a duty to stand up for the rights of all Utahns. In the face of overwhelming precedent, today’s petition is another waste of taxpayer resources."
Reyes has repeatedly said the state’s decision to defend its ban on gay and lesbian marriages stems from a belief in his responsibility to "defend the State Constitution and its amendments as Utah citizens have enacted them."
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