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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case get engaged

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Derek Kitchen, the lead plaintiff in Kitchen v. Herbert, the federal court challenge to Utah’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, made a Valentine’s Day proposal to his partner and co-plaintiff, Moudi Sbeity, at the Equality Ball in Salt Lake City on Friday evening.

Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down on Dec. 20, 2013, and for the next 17 days – until the the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the District Court’s order pending consideration of the appeal by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – more than a thousand same-sex couples married in Utah.

Kitchen and Sbeity were not among those couples, opting instead to wait until the legal challenge played out on appeal.


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