Incoming Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes on Thursday vowed to fight a ruling invalidating the state's gay marriage ban all the way to the Supreme Court.

Republican Governor Gary Herbert appointed Reyes, also a Republican, to the post on Monday, December 23 following the resignation of John Swallow. Reyes campaigned against Swallow for the post in 2012.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby handed down a ruling declaring Amendment 3, the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions, in violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A request for a stay on the ruling was rejected by Shelby. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected three requests, two on technical grounds. The state has said it will file a request for an emergency stay with the U.S. Supreme Court, possibly as early as Friday.

“I think the voice of the people was clear,” Reyes told Fox 13 News. “It's my job not to speculate about political or social issues, but legal issues. My job and our job as a team will be to continue to defend, legally, the state laws. Beyond that, I think the citizens, regardless of the side of the issue you might fall on, deserve to have the process taken and have final word from the Supreme Court on this issue.”

(Related: All Utah counties now issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)