In his State of the State address on Wednesday evening, Governor Herbert mentioned the ongoing legal context over Utah's marriage amendment (Amendment 3), while also condemning how Utah's state sovereignty is being "hindered by federal overreach."
Our second challenge is asserting our rightful role as a sovereign state.
James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite."
Unfortunately, our nation has strayed from what our founding fathers intended. Whether the issue is marriage, Medicaid or management of our public lands, our right to find Utah solutions to Utah issues is being hindered by federal overreach.
In Utah, we understand state sovereignty, and we will do everything in our power to represent the will of the people while respecting the democratic and judicial processes. Let me be clear that while I support traditional marriage and will continue to defend Amendment 3, there is no place in our society for hatred and bigotry.
Most importantly, let us all remember that although these issues may be controversial, they need not be contentious. As this important issue works its way through the courts, let Utah be a model of how to work through honest disagreements with civility and respect.
Bravo to Governor Herbert, and we here at NOM agree entirely that this debate must be kept free of all manner of acrimony and animosity, bigotry and intolerance.