In a statement released Friday, the ACLU said the situation has raised "serious and difficult issues regarding the sometimes competing rights of children and their parents."
Judge Barbara Walthers ruled Friday that the state had proved all the children were in imminent danger of being abused or neglected by their parents, who are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The ACLU issued the statement after listening to some testimony but before the judge issued an order continuing state custody of the children.
"While we acknowledge that Judge Walthers' task may be unprecedented in
of Lehi, said his petition drive - which also cites
constitutional rights - asks that the children be released and officials
apologize for the "acts of aggression" against the FLDS.
He posted the petition April 15 and five days later reached his goal of 1,000 names. About 75 percent of those signing identified themselves by name.
Boyack is sending the petition to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Commissioner Cockerell of the Department of Family Services, among others.
"I don't expect too much to come of it," he said.