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Utah

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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Utah governor: Legislation to protect gay rights must also protect religious liberties

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
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. [...]

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Mormon leaders call for ‘balanced approach’ in clash between gay rights, religious freedom

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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. [...]

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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 the TLC show “My Husband's Not Gay."
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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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
Florida-marriage
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. [...]

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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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Utah’s LGBT community celebrates anniversary of landmark marriage ruling

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Kim Raff, APChris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
Saturday is the anniversary of a federal's judge's landmark ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Same-sex couples want Utah to pay attorney fees

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
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. [...]

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