Utah Governor Gary Herbert received more than 2,700 calls, emails and letters in the weeks following a federal judge's December 20 ruling striking down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

Herbert, a Republican, has vowed to defend Amendment 3, the state's 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

Before the Supreme Court granted a stay in the ruling, more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples rushed to county clerk's offices to wed.

According to the AP, messages in support of the ruling and asking Herbert to drop the legal fight outnumbered those opposed by a 2-1 margin.

“Make our family one again,” wrote Karol Darlene Dixon, who said she had been with her partner for 29 years. “I don't know any straight couples who have waited over 29 years to declare their love legally.”

Ginny Brown wrote to encourage the governor to “hold fast to your values.”

“I believe you are doing the right thing, but I'm not very optimistic about the Supreme Court,” Brown added.