Utah is the 45th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Jan. 4, 1896. Its capital and most populous city is Salt Lake City.
Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2004. On December 20, 2013, a federal judge found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and his order that the state cease enforcing its ban took effect immediately. On January 6, 2014, 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 after stays were denied by the District Court and the Tenth Circuit. The case is Kitchen v. Herbert.
For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.
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Gov. Gary Herbert used his sixth annual State of the State address Wednesday night to call on Utah lawmakers to ensure the state protects religious rights in the upcoming legislative session. [...]
The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays, but still wants to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on honor codes that require gays to remain celibate. [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
Something big's going to happen in Florida next week, we just don't know what yet, and the Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January. [...]
"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." [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
Saturday is the anniversary of a federal's judge's landmark ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]
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.