Utah Gov.-elect Gary Herbert has signed a measure that bans public schools from teaching Mormon religion, a measure signed by the governor last week.
Herbert’s signing comes after the state Senate voted in January to repeal the state’s ban on public schools being taught the Mormon religion.
Herbert said the state constitution was “clearly designed to protect the rights of religion and the rights to freedom of religion.”
Herbert said in a statement the governor “takes this issue seriously,” but added that it would be “inappropriate” to comment further.
The move came after Herbert’s supporters sought to have the measure vetoed by Utah’s Republican-controlled legislature.
Utah is the second state in the U.S. to ban the teaching of Mormon religion as part of its religious freedom law.
Utah Gov-elect Gary Hubert signed an anti-discrimination bill on Thursday.
The legislation allows discrimination against transgender students, bans discrimination against LGBT students in state schools and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.