SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Conservatives voiced concerns that individual states are losing power they are entitled to, Wednesday, after a federal appeals court ruled in-favor of same-sex marriages.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that
"In America, I thought that 'we the people' had a say, and we're standing up and saying how we feel, and so for the government to say, 'Okay, just kidding, not you guys—it doesn't matter,' that upsets me,” said Jennie Heap, a concerned voter.
Some are worried the ruling will set a precedent for the rest of the country.
Gayle Ruzicka, President of the Utah Eagle Forum, says the government is chipping away at the individual states’ power.
"There's no such thing as a federal marriage license. There's only a state marriage license, and that which we license, we regulate... and we have that right. No court—no federal court—should ever interfere with the rights of the state to make that decision,” she said.
The Tenth Circuit Court used 108 pages to explain its ruling. Some say they will be reading through all of that this week. Ruzicka says if the U.S. Supreme Court does hear the case in upcoming months, she is confident it will rule in favor of the states’ rights to regulate same-sex marriages.