Utah Poised to Spend Taxpayer Millions Defending the Indefensible

by Charles Joughin

WASHINGTON – Yesterday the Utah Attorney General’s office announced they would be continuing their appeal of a federal judge’s decision allowing marriage for lesbian and gay couples. With no other details, the AG's office announced that they will bring in outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers. HRC Vice President for Communications Fred Sainz issued the following statement:

“Defending discrimination is indefensible.  Defending discrimination while spending millions of taxpayer dollars to do it is beyond explanation. It is an affront to all Utahans that their hard-earned tax dollars – money that should be going into schools, roads or health programs – will instead be used to cement the state on the wrong side of history.  What is worse is that citizens have no idea how much this legal boondoggle will cost.  When Speaker Boehner brought in outside counsel to defend the Defense of Marriage Act – an exercise that turned out to be futile – taxpayers were on the hook for millions in legal fees.  It’s time to end this waste of public resources and allow couples to continue experiencing the joy of marriage.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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