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Utah attorney general backs Nevada's gay marriage ban

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Updated: 2/01/2014 5:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's gay marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists.

The attorneys general, in a newly filed amicus brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, claim allowing such unions will lead to "any group of adults" seeking that status and the "tragic deconstruction" of marriage.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Carolina also signed the document.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging the appeals court to uphold a federal judge's 2012 decision in favor of his state's ban on gay marriage.

Utah is appealing a federal judge's December ruling overturning its ban on same-sex marriage to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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