Utah's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates also agreed on the definition of marriage. "Marriage is the recognized union between one man and one woman only," GOP Gov. Gary Herbert said. "That is all that needs to be said."
Peter Cooke, the Democratic candidate for governor, said if elected he would uphold the Utah Constitution's ban on gay marriage but work toward statewide anti-discrimination legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat and a Mormon from Nevada, said "people should be able to marry whomever they want" even though his personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have any impact on my life, or on my family's life, always struck me as absurd," Reid said in a statement.
Matthew Wilson, a professor specializing in religion and politics at Southern Methodist University in Texas, said Reid's statement would have little impact on other members of the LDS Church.
"Most Mormons have learned to put some distance between themselves and Harry Reid anyway," Wilson said.
Contributing: Richard Piatt
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