Shurtleff: Gay marriage ban prohibits civil unions

Posted on 28 Apr 2009 at 11:57am
By Brock Vergakis Associated Press

Utah AG syas voters have already spoken

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is disputing recent comments made by Gov. Jon Huntsman that the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage is unclear on the issue of civil unions.

Shurtleff contends that the voter-approved amendment is perfectly clear on the issue and that civil unions are not allowed.

Huntsman told reporters last week that a court would ultimately need to decide whether the ban on gay marriage applies to civil unions. Huntsman says he supports the traditional definition of marriage, but he also wants to extend some legal rights to gay couples.

In a message sent via Twitter, Shurtleff wrote on Friday, April 24 that the issue isn’t a matter for the courts to decide because the people of Utah have already spoken.

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