Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, reiterated his opposition to gay marriage following a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby said in his ruling handed down Friday that the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions violates the 14th Amendment.

(Related: Judge strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban; Clerk starts issuing licenses.)

“I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah,” Herbert said in a statement. “I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah.”

A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) also criticized the ruling.

“This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process,” Eric Hawkins said in a statement. “We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state Constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court.”