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Evans v. Utah

Evans v. Utah is a federal court challenge filed January 21, 2014 by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah on behalf of four same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted marriages from taking place while the state challenged the decision. The suit challenges Utah's decision to place recognition of those marriages on hold indefinitely. The case was originally filed in a Utah state court, but later moved to the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
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Utah to pay $95,000 in legal fees over refusal to recognize same-sex marriages

Friday, November 28, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay $95,000 to cover attorney’s fees for four couples who filed a lawsuit after the state refused to provide marriage benefits and legal recognition of married, same-sex couples. [...]

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Same-sex couples want Utah to pay attorney fees

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four married same-sex couples who sued Utah for not granting them benefits are asking the court to make the state pay nearly $200,000 in attorney fees. [...]

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Utah drops appeal in 2nd case ordering it to recognize married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner will no longer have to worry about somebody questioning Milner's relationship to their 5-year-old son during a visit to the doctor, while picking him up from a school event or in the case of an emergency. Milner can finally become Jesse's [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah same-sex couples

Friday, July 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the order Friday afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place [...]

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Utah governor will follow Supreme Court ruling on marriage recognition

Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says if the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to extend an order preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits, Utah will recognize the marriages. Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said Friday that the governor has said Utah will abide by [...]

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Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to delay benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that's preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits. Utah filed its appeal Wednesday, arguing that benefits should be delayed while the larger issue of the marriage ban makes its way through the [...]

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Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for indefinite stay of gay marriage ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court has denied Utah's request for an indefinite stay pending appeal of a ruling ordering the state to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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Advocates to deliver petition seeking marriage recognition to Utah governor

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to the Utah governor's mansion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday to push for recognition of gay couples. The group Utah Unites For Marriage says the petition is directed at Utah Gov. Gary Herbert [...]

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Utah AG misses filing deadline in appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes missed a filing deadline Monday set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the state's appeal of December's ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. [...]

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Same-sex couples ask appeals court to reverse Utah stay

Friday, June 6, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four same-sex couples have asked a federal appeals court to reverse a decision allowing Utah to delay recognizing their marriages. The delay creates an "enormous hardship" for the couples and keeps them in an "indefinite period of limbo" without the legal benefits of marriage, attorneys for [...]

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