(Fox News) Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that allows county clerks to opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds, provided someone in the office is willing to.
The governor quietly signed Senate Bill 297 into law on Friday. The bill was an attempt to address religious objections over same-sex marriage, while also guaranteeing what the courts had ordered when it legalized such unions last year.
"The governor made it clear at the opening of the legislative session that anti-discrimination and religious freedom bills should be advanced together," Herbert's spokesman, Marty Carpenter, said in an email Friday to FOX 13.
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