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Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

Saturday, April 5, 2014
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, "as God created." [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APA Utah Highway Patrol trooper informs protesters who blocked the doors to the higher education committee hearing of their arrest Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The protesters called for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protects sexual or gender orientation.

Protesters calling for statewide LGBT protections arrested at Utah capitol

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — About a dozen protesters calling for a statewide anti-discrimination law that includes sexual and gender orientation protections were arrested Monday after blocking the doors to a committee meeting room at the Utah Capitol. [ Read more → ]

Utah AFB authorizes same-sex marriage ceremonies

Monday, December 30, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — An Air Force Base in Utah is authorizing ceremonies for same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Utah state senator proposes to longtime partner at marriage ruling celebration

Thursday, June 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — An openly gay Utah state senator didn't just give a speech at a party celebrating two Supreme Court victories for gay rights — he took to the stage to propose to his longtime partner. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APBoy Scouts are shown marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Boy Scout leaders chided for marching in Utah pride parade

Saturday, June 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Boy Scout leaders have been reprimanded by the organization for marching with several Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. [ Read more → ]

Utah Boy Scout council says 83 percent of parents, leaders oppose lifting gay ban

Monday, March 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A survey finds that that 83 percent of Boy Scout leaders, parents and representatives from troops in the greater Salt Lake City area oppose lifting a ban on openly gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [ Read more → ]
Club JAM, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Flaming projectiles aimed at gay nightclub in Salt Lake City

Friday, August 17, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- Police and fire investigators In Salt Lake City are actively seeking the identities of three or four people in their late teens or early 20s who launched flaming projectiles at Club JAM, a gay patronized nightclub located north of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in downtown. [ Read more → ]
Fred Karger and Nanette Billings

Utah GOP official’s wife calls gay candidate ‘wicked,’ ‘pathetic’

Thursday, June 14, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- While kicking off his campaign in Utah, openly-gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger was called “pathetic” and an “idiot” by Nanette Billings, wife of Washington County Republican Party Chairman Willie Billings. [ Read more → ]

More than 300 Mormon Church members march in Salt Lake City Pride

Monday, June 4, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 300 members of the Mormon Church joined the thousands of participants Sunday at Salt Lake City's gay pride. The group, Mormons Building Bridges, said they wanted to send a message of love to the state’s LGBT community, a message they believe is compatible with their faith, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. [ Read more → ]

Brigham Young students reach out to young, gay Mormons: ‘It Gets Better’

Saturday, April 7, 2012
LGBT students and straight allies at Utah's Brigham Young University on Friday released an "It Gets Better" video, adding their voice to the tens of thousands of video messages aimed at preventing depression and suicide among gay youth. [ Read more → ]

Utah man attacked in third anti-gay assault in recent weeks

Friday, September 9, 2011
A Utah gay man was attacked in the early morning hours on Thursday -- the third anti-gay attack in the Salt Lake City area in recent weeks. [ Read more → ]

Tens of thousands line Salt Lake City streets for Utah’s biggest ever gay pride

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Tens of thousands lined the streets in downtown Salt Lake City this weekend to celebrate Utah’s biggest-ever gay pride festival. [ Read more → ]
Chris Buttars

Utah state senator seeks to repeal school anti-bullying laws

Sunday, January 16, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Senator Chris Buttars is proposing a new resolution designed to repeal the recently passed anti-bullying and non-discrimination policies created by the Salt Lake School Board. Buttars calls the policies a “program to bring down America.” [ Read more → ]
Daniel ArguetaProtesters encircle Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Thousands protest outside Mormon church over LDS leader’s anti-gay remarks

Thursday, October 7, 2010
An estimated 4,500 gay rights advocates gathered outside the headquarters of the Mormon church Thursday evening to protest recent remarks from a church leader that homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome. [ Read more → ]
Johnson, right, and Sen. Howard Stevenson, (R-Salt Lake) at a press conference announcing an anti-discrimination study relating to employment and housing. (Salt Lake Tribune photo)

Utah democrats postpone gay rights bills to protect Salt Lake ordinance

Sunday, January 31, 2010
On Friday, three Democratic lawmakers announced they are dropping bills -- until 2011 -- that would provide anti-discrimination protections, probate rights and adoption rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Utahns. In exchange, opponents of gay-rights legislation will drop any effort to prevent local... [ Read more → ]

Lesbian Utah lawmaker a surrogate for gay couple

Saturday, January 9, 2010
Utah lesbian lawmaker, Rep. Christine Johnson (D-Salt Lake City) has announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men. In April, Johnson (pictured) offered to be a surrogate for the Salt Lake County couple, her close friends, after they expressed frustration with... [ Read more → ]
Stan Penfold

First openly gay council member takes office in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Salt Lake has its first openly gay city council member, reports KTVX-TV. On Monday afternoon, Stan Penfold (pictured) took the oath of office, in both a historic and emotional day. Penfold told ABC 4: "I was a little surprised I got kind of choked up.... [ Read more → ]

Man sentenced in Utah attack on gay man

Saturday, December 19, 2009
A man once on the Salt Lake City Police Department's "Most Wanted" list has been sentenced to probation and a year in jail for 2008 attack that SLC police have called a hate crime. [caption id="attachment_4188" align="alignleft" width="260" caption="Moi Moi"][/caption] Fa Junior Moi Moi, 21,... [ Read more → ]

Openly gay Utah state senator announces his resignation

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Utah's first openly gay state senator will be resigning from office effective the end of this week to focus more time on practicing law, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. [caption id="attachment_3438" align="alignleft" width="207" caption="Scott McCoy"][/caption]Democratic state Sen. Scott McCoy, announced Tuesday that he had already... [ Read more → ]

Mormon church announces support of SLC gay rights ordinance

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In a rare move, the LDS Church announced Tuesday night its support of Salt Lake City's proposed ordinances protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing and employment, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Hours later, the City Council approved the measures unanimously. "The church... [ Read more → ]

Gay rights supporters deliver petitions to Mormon church

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Like Mormon pioneers in the 1850s, gay-rights supporters pulled a handcart through Salt Lake City on Wednesday in what they dubbed a "rescue" mission, The Salt Lake City Tribune reports. The Foundation for Reconciliation carted more than 2,000 petition signatures to LDS Church headquarters, calling... [ Read more → ]

New signs posted at LDS plaza following ‘gay kiss’ incident

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you walk through the LDS Church Plaza in Salt Lake City you'll see some new signs. They put visitors on notice that the Church can refuse access to anyone for any reason. The added language to the signs address concerns about how the Church... [ Read more → ]

SLC Mayor proposing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 24, 2009
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is proposing a new city ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The public discussion draft is based on a July report by the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission that provides "factual confirmation... [ Read more → ]

‘Coming Out Mormon’ tells story of family, faith and being gay

Friday, August 14, 2009
In a new Current TV segment, 26 year-old Cody Derrick tells his coming out story. Cody Derrick grew up in a conservative Mormon home in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of 21, shortly after returning from his mission, Derrick came... [ Read more → ]

Video: Gay couple’s confrontation with LDS guards

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Newly released film footage shows four LDS Church security guards separating and handcuffing a gay couple after the two men kissed on the Main Street Plaza. The Salt Lake Tribune obtained the film through an open-records request with Salt Lake City. The church provided the... [ Read more → ]
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