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Traditional marriage supporters fight back against Shelby ruling

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Amendment three was passed into law by a 66% to 34% vote. And some argue the will of the people should remain law. For many people this is an attack on their religious beliefs. And for others, this ruling simply goes against what the majority of Utahns voted for that marriage is between a man and a woman.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Amendment three was passed into law by a 66% to 34% vote. And some argue the will of the people should remain law. For many people this is an attack on their religious beliefs. And for others, this ruling simply goes against what the majority of Utahns voted for that marriage is between a man and a woman. The ruling against Utah’s Amendment Three didn’t bring smiles and cheer to everyone in Utah.

“Marriage is sacred. It's between a man and a woman and anything other than that violates God’s law and it’s immoral,” said Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka.

Federal Judge Robert Shelby calls Amendment Three unconstitutional. Something Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love calls unacceptable. In a statement she says, “As a President Obama appointee, Judge Shelby used his position on the federal bench to override the will of Utah's voters..."

Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka agrees by calling Shelby an ‘activist judge.’

“Marriage is a state issue. This is not a federal issue. So a federal judge does not have the right to tell Utah what we are going to do with our marriage laws,” said Ruzicka.

The traditional marriage advocate blames the interim Utah Attorney General Brian Tarbet for not acting quickly enough to file a stay.

“They should've been prepared with their stay, with their appeal ready to go so it could've been stopped immediately instead of waiting now over the weekend while they continue to perform these same sex marriages,” said Ruzicka.

Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson wrote a letter saying, in part, “Until I review the further clarification that I am seeking, the Utah County Clerk’s Office will not be making any police changes in regards to which we issue marriage licenses.”

Ruzicka says this further shows the support against the ruling.

“I think it'll be quite a battle this will continue and go all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Ruzicka.

Ruzicka says the Utah Eagle Forum will file an amicus brief. It’s a letter to the court during the appeal process that will explain why they are in support of Amendment Three.

She’s also asking others to write letter and show their disapproval of the ruling through social media.

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