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Utah Officials Foresee Future Legislation On Gay Marriage

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Gov. Herbert at his monthly press conference Thursday.

The  legalization of gay marriage in the Beehive State has opened up a lively dialogue amongst Utah's politicians about how it will affect Utah's legislators and the laws they craft. In his monthly address on Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert said he did not foresee legislators attempting to undermine the recently won right of same-sex couples to marry.

Herbert did add that he was concerned about strengthening religious freedom, referring to proposed laws protecting clergy and churches from performing marriages they oppose.

Rep. Jacob Anderegg (R-Lehi), has said he will introduce a state constitutional amendment to protect elected officials and anyone else who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds from being forced to perform marriage ceremonies.

The governor also spoke out against recently introduced legislation prohibiting employment and housing discrimination against the LGBT community. He said that while he didn’t support discrimination, he preferred cities, rather than the state, deal with the problem.