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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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23 more reader comments:

  1. Good:P

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:10pm
  2. Congratulations!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:11pm
  3. That beard… =D

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:12pm
  4. Congrats!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:12pm
  5. you know what they say…big nose, big @#$%

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:22pm
  6. I thought it was shoe size.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:25pm
  7. Yeah, they say that but speaking as the voice of experience...there's absolutely NO correlation!

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:32am
  8. Its the hand, from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the hand, next to the wrist.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:32am
  9. I find this comment and responses very disrespectful and crude. They are fighting for equal rights and this is what your concerned with?

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 3:45am
  10. Live long and prosper!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:42pm
  11. May your lives be as full as the service your courage provides all of us!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:47pm
  12. They are really hot, but the most important is EQUIALITY FOR ALL!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:48pm
  13. ALL LGBT PEOPLE COME SUPPORT US.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:50pm
  14. When will the taxpayers of UT demand their legislators stop wasting millions of their tax dollars fighting same-sex civil marriage equality in the federal courts. We have one US Constitution not 50.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:26pm
  15. Jewish queer

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:32pm
  16. Someone please explain what Lee Shoemaker is saying. English, please. It’s hurting my brain.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:40am
  17. Bravo!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:46am
  18. Gorgeous !

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:41am
  19. Congratulations.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 3:04am
  20. Gorgeous photo :)

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 3:16am
  21. The perfect coupble

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 4:21am
  22. Congrats gentlemen!! May you have a beautiful life together…mazel tov!!! XO Mama Steve

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 4:45am
  23. <3

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:48am