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New Girl Scout troop starts at Utah LGBT pride center

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at an LGBT pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families. [...]

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Utah’s lone openly gay lawmaker to run for mayor of Salt Lake City

Monday, April 6, 2015
Jim Dabakis
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis, the state legislature's only openly gay lawmaker, announced Monday that he will run for mayor of Salt Lake City this year. [...]

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Top Mormon leaders vow to be leading advocates for marriage exclusive to a man and a woman

Sunday, April 5, 2015
President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, is flanked by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Mormon leaders vowed to be a leading advocate for the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman during the religion's biannual conference in Salt Lake City this weekend. [...]

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Cop who objected to riding in gay pride says he was unfairly branded a ‘bigot’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Eric Moutsos
A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties. [...]

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Plaintiff in Utah same-sex marriage case to make city council run

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Derek Kitchen
One of the plaintiffs in the court case that overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is planning to run for Salt Lake City council. Derek Kitchen says he plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday. [...]

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Gay rights advocates assail TLC special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Preston Dahlgren and Jeff Bennion are among the married men documented in a recent TLC show “My Husband's Not Gay" about men with same-sex attractions.
GLAAD says the show sends the wrong message and is a sad reminder of so-called gay conversion therapy, often faith-based efforts designed to change sexual orientation that can be emotionally scarring. [...]

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Utah prosecutors weighing hate crime charges in beating of two gay men

Friday, January 2, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he takes seriously allegations that the two men were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and is reviewing the assault case. [...]

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Salt Lake Tribune names same-sex marriage plaintiffs ‘Utahns of the Year’

Friday, December 26, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
"Because of these Utah plaintiffs — who bravely made public their most private lives — the state took an unlikely position among the vanguard in the biggest civil rights movement of the day." [...]

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Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
Less than 24 hours after releasing a statement on their website, the Mormon Church is walking back its support for workplace and housing protections for LGBTQ Utahns. [...]

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Salt Lake City mayor issues ‘Freedom to Marry Day’ proclamation

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Ralph Becker
Mayor Ralph Becker, who officiated some three-dozen wedding ceremonies after Utah gay marriage ban was struck down, described the day as one of his most memorable in public office. [...]

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