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

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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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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Poll: Majority of Utahns say gay marriage will have no impact on their own lives

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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A new poll finds that while Utahns remain split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a strong majority of respondents say that even if gay couples are allowed to marry, it would have no impact on their own marriage and family. The statewide poll found that a plurality of Utahns – 49 percent in favor versus 48 percent opposed – agree that...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court could take one case, or several, or none at all.

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Marriage equality supporters condemn use of kids’ photos at anti-gay rally

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of gay marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Utah are condemning opponents they accuse of exploiting the children of same-sex couples by using their photos as propaganda at an anti-gay marriage rally. Leaders of Utah Celebration of Marriage projected the images on a screen at a rally held Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda to show support ...

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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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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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80 Utah lawmakers warn Supreme Court that gay marriage could lead to polygamy, incest

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Eighty members of the Utah state legislature have filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, because allowing gay to marry could lead to incestuous and polygamous marriages. The amicus brief supporting Utah's appeal asserts that the ...

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Groups deliver 18K (first) names of gay marriage opponents to Utah governor

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents of same-sex marriage have given Gov. Gary Herbert's office a list of 18,600 names of people who signed online petitions supporting traditional marriage and Utah's defense of its gay marriage ban. Representatives from the nonprofit conservative groups United Families International and the Sutherland Institute delivered the names ...

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case ask for Supreme Court review

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, five of the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyers office Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Call's partner, Karen Archer, was not able to attend.)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable same-sex marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month. The plaintiffs say they are taking this somewhat unusual step of asking for a review even though they won at ...

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