Tuesday, March 4 2014, 02:57 PM MST
Web Exclusive: First Day on the Job
SHAUNA LAKE: I was interested when you said you represent a diverse group of people, and the day that you were assigned to this position I was off, and I read on Twitter that it was the same day there was a stay in the gay marriage ruling, and I thought what a challenging time to be taking over this position for a number of reasons, but you’re taking a lot of heat for that as well.
SEAN REYES: Sure. And I don’t apologize for my personal views, but really those are irrelevant to this equation because it could be a law on the opposite side that if the state had passed and the people had passed a constitutional amendment, I would be defending just as vigorously, and frankly there are people on my team working on the case, who have very sympathetic feelings all the way around, and yet they divorce all of that because they focus on the law. And good lawyers do that. And our office I think all of us are sympathetic to how much this impacts. We have friends and family members who are on both sides of this issue, and I’d have to say if I put myself in their shoes, and if I believed as they did, that there was no difference between these cases and cases like Loving v. Virginia; then I would probably feel as passionately as they do. But again, I don’t view the cases that way either from a legal standpoint or a personal standpoint, but I don’t think that. Again good lawyers don’t let those feelings get in the way of what the law allows us to do or what our duty is to the law. But you know you’re right. I was sworn in, and immediately started to work on that stay. A couple days later we were successful at the Supreme Court and immediately there was a whole lot of backlash.
-Written and produced by Leslie Tillotson
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