SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his defense of Utah's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.
Reyes said Friday his office is defending Utah's right to define marriage as residents decide. The ban was passed by 66 percent of voters in 2004.
Reyes spoke during a rally at the Capitol attended by about 100 supporters of Utah's same-sex marriage ban.
They gathered to thank Reyes and stand up for what they called traditional marriage a day after a federal appeals court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the law.
Attorney generals in seven states have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.
Speakers in Utah said marriages between a man and a woman are the only unions that ensure children are raised properly.