- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he would probably decline to officiate a same-sex wedding if a gay couple ever made such request.

Herbert told reporters Thursday that he’d “probably respectfully decline” and that it’s not something he’d want to do.

The Republican governor made the comments during a weekly press conference in response to a specific question about whether he would officiate.

In addition to local government officials and religious officials, the governor, lieutenant governor, and top lawmaker in the House and Senate are all able to solemnize marriages in Utah.

Herbert said that because he wouldn’t be obligated to officiate like a county clerk would be, he thinks it would be appropriate for him to decline.


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