Salt Lake City attorneys and marriage equality activists Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay, and Brett L. Tolman, writing in the Salt Lake Tribune:
"The Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional precisely because it 'places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in second-tier marriage.' Thanks to the recent actions of Gov. Herbert, married same-sex couples in Utah now find themselves in second-class marriages.
"The state's actions demonstrate that Amendment 3 has always been about demeaning the lives and denying legal status to the families of LGBT citizens. The principal purpose of Amendment 3 has always been to impose legal inequality on gay citizens. Today Amendment 3 is literally being used to ignore marriages, not protect them."