Mero said the Sutherland Institute is even willing to pick up the bill for outside counsel on the case, depending on both the law firm and the strategy Reyes chooses.
He declined to be more specific, but he said the money could be easily raised "all contingent on having the counsel do it our way and actually having competent attorneys."
Mero said, so far, the attorney general's office doesn't seem to "know how to defend marriage and family. We just want to win. I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is."
Accepting such an offer could be problematic for the state.
"We wouldn't be turning over control to another entity," Niederhauser said.
The Human Rights Campaign, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, criticized the move to hire outside counsel in a statement.
"Defending discrimination while expending millions of taxpayer dollars to do it is beyond explanation," the HRC said. "It should be an affront to all Utahns that their hard-earned tax dollars — dollars that should be going into schools, roads or health programs — will instead be used to be on the wrong side of history."
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