Utah State Rep. LaVar Christensen, a Republican from Draper, has filed a bill that purports to give the state the right to ignore the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Christensen's bill, titled Sovereign Marriage Authority, seeks to give Utah sole authority over such matters as marriage, child welfare and adoption within its borders.

“This bill declares that the state, while recognizing and complying with judicial requirements, reserves the right to regulate domestic relations within the state,” House Bill 393 states.

Paul Burke, a Salt Lake City-based attorney, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the bill would wither under a legal challenge.

“The bill is useless unless Representative Christensen is planning to amend it to include a declaration of secession,” Burke said. “Otherwise, the U.S. Constitution and its promise of equality will prevail over any attempt by the state of Utah to diminish the equality of its gay citizens.”

Christensen said that his bill was needed to acknowledge “the limited scope of the marriage decision,” which he said was being applied too broadly, suggesting that he believes that the decision only obligates the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Other rights are up to the state to decide.

“Christensen is, despite the court's ruling, attempting to create second-class marriage for gay couples,” Burke said.

Christensen authored Utah's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014 upheld a lower court's ruling striking down the ban as unconstitutional.