Gov. Herbert statement on U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges

SALT LAKE CITY (June 26, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“Marriage, as defined by the people of Utah, has been redefined, first by the federal courts and today the outcome of that decision has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. I am disappointed with the decision by the court to usurp state authority and overrule the voice of the people of Utah as demonstrated by legislation with regard to marriage. I am also very concerned with the overwhelming trend to diminish state autonomy. I believe states should have the right to determine their own laws regarding marriage. Clearly, the majority of the justices disagree and their decision provides finality with respect to the law.

Audio statement from Marty Carpenter, spokesman for Gov. Herbert available here.