State Senator Jim Dabakis-D, Salt Lake City has announced he is resigning as the chair of the Utah Democratic Party as of noon today after nearly three years at the helm.
In a statement released by Dabakis, he revealed he is leaving for “family reasons,” not wasting the opportunity to allude to his December marriage to long-time partner Stephen Justesen during the window created by Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling allowing gay marriage. He said he was “not sure that would be legally permissible in Utah.” He asked if he would have “grounds to quite federally--but not grounds to quit in the state” for family reasons. He asked Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is currently appealing the judge’s ruling, to give him a legal opinion.
Dabakis also said he will be spending the next months dealing with medical issues, but did not elaborate. He underwent tests during the 2014 Legislative Session which raised concerns, and plans to have more tests on Tuesday.
He does not plan to resign from the Utah State Senate and is planning to run for re-election. He also maintains he will continue be a loud voice in Utah politics and in the Democratic Party.
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Source: Jim Dabakis, Utah Policy.com, KSL News