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Mormon leader reiterates opposition to gay marriage at biannual conference

Saturday, October 4, 2014
People fill their seats in the Conference Center before the start of opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently. Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday during the faith's biannual conference... Bu

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Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide

Monday, September 29, 2014
David Phan
SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...

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Same-sex marriage opponents hold rally at Utah state capitol

Friday, September 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Several hundred people gathered to show their opposition to increasingly widespread acceptance of gay marriage Thursday at the Utah State Capitol, lamenting the harm done to children raised by gay and lesbian parents. They held signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don't equal a dad," The Salt Lake Tribune reported...

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Utah outdoor advertising companies reject ‘God Loves Gays’ billboard

Friday, September 19, 2014
The first "God Loves Gays" billboard was erected earlier this month in Topeka, Kan,, home of the Westboro Baptist Church.
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah activist says Salt Lake City’s two major outdoor advertising companies have refused to allow a billboard that reads “God Loves Gays.” Organizers behind the website “God Loves Gay People” and the Facebook page “God,” erected the first “God Loves Gays” billboard earlier this month in Topeka, Kan., home to the virulently anti-gay...

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Utah Pride Center opens counseling, wellness clinic in Salt Lake City

Sunday, August 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Pride Center is expanding its services for the LGBT community and has opened a new counseling and wellness clinic in Salt Lake City. Joshua Bravo, one of three licensed clinical social workers at the center said it's a goal "to find a safe space for our clients to be themselves..."

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Anti-gay group planning worldwide conference in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year - a four-day gathering in Utah, a state that has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement. The World Congress of Families is based in Rockford, Illinois, and has about 40 partner organizations...

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‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell headlines same-sex marriage fundraiser in Utah

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Modern Family's Ty Burrell, left, and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh during an interview Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Burrell is headlining a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, an event staged by an organization that Ferguson and his real-life husband created to help pay for the legal costs of challenging same-sex marriage bans.
SALT LAKE CITY -- "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell says he sees same-sex marriage in the United States is a "tide that can't be turned." Burrell headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening in Salt Lake City to help cover legal costs for couples fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, lending his celebrity to help a group backed by sitcom co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Salt Lake City police officer who refused to work pride parade resigns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave last week after police said he refused to provide traffic control at Sunday's parade.

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Salt Lake City LGBT pride participants energized by bright future

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Salt Lake City's gay pride parade marshals, gay couple Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbiety, right, celebrate before the start of the annual gay pride parade Sunday, June 8, 2014. Kitchen and Sbiety were one of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah that led to the overturning of the state’s gay marriage ban.
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's gay pride parade has been going for decades, but never have participants and attendees had so much to celebrate and such a bright future to look forward to. A federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in December, leading more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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Salt Lake City Council wants parade to rethink LGBT group’s rejection

Saturday, June 7, 2014
The group Mormons Building Bridges,     participating in Utah Pride in 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY — The legislative arm of Salt Lake City government is formally asking organizers of Utah's biggest parade to allow a Mormon-faith LGBT group to participate in the event. City Council members in a letter made public Friday evening asked the Days of '47 Parade, which honors the Mormon pioneers’ 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

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