Utah State Representative LaVar Christensen on Wednesday abandoned a trio of bills criticized as anti-gay, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Republican said he pulled the bills because the issues are too important to be rushed during an already overloaded session.

“I sincerely respect the different views and perspectives,” Christensen said in a statement. “I would like to have time for that dialogue to continue so there is no confusion, misunderstanding or unintended consequences in the bills as they may ultimately be adopted.”

One of the dropped bills states that married heterosexual families are the “fundamental unit of society.”

The bill states: “Marriage and family predate all governments and are supported by and consistent with the Laws of Nature and Nature's God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World, affirmed in the nation's founding Declaration of Independence.”

Another measure aimed to make “unlawful” transactions “void and unenforceable.”

Gay rights activists in the state pointed out that together the bills could outlaw recognition of gay families by canceling out contracts entered into by couples, such as wills and medical directives.

Christensen had said his legislation would strengthen Utah's protections of religious freedom and the family.

Christensen authored Utah's 2004 voter-approved amendment that defines marriage as a heterosexual union.