Candidates pledge to uphold traditional family, defines marriage

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Gov. Herbert’s office released a statement responding to Democratic governor candidate Peter Cooke’s comments on gay marriage — candidates share the same view.

“Marriage is the recognized union between one man and one woman only. That is all that needs to be said, ” Herbert said.

Cooke made a similar statement in a press release on May 10, citing the basis for his own commitment came from the Utah State Constitution.

“As your governor, I will uphold the Utah State Constitution which defines marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman,” Cooke said.

Cooke committed to uphold existing civil rights ordinances in Salt Lake City, addressing discrimination in housing and hiring practices based on an individual’s sexual orientation. He wants to extend the impact of these ordinances to the state legislature, hoping all Utahns will support his anti-discriminatory position.

“As your governor, I will not tolerate any kind of illegal discrimination against any faction of our citizens, ” Cooke said.

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