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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 Supreme Court lifts hold on adoptions by same-sex couples

Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples. The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

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SSA offices turning away same-sex couples in new marriage equality states

Friday, October 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Married, same-sex couples are being turned away at Social Security offices in Utah, and presumably other states where marriage equality became legal this week, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that effectively overturned gay marriage bans in Utah and four other states.

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Utah drops appeal in 2nd case ordering it to recognize married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner will no longer have to worry about somebody questioning Milner's relationship to their 5-year-old son during a visit to the doctor, while picking him up from a school event or in the case of an emergency. Milner can finally become Jesse's legally recognized father now that gay marriage is legal in Utah.

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Utah governor directs state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriage

Monday, October 6, 2014
Plaintiffs, from left, Moudi Sbeity, his partner Derek Kitchen, Kody Partridge and her wife, Laurie Wood, celebrate following a news conference Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Utah and four other states that had sought to bar marriage between gay couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gay couples in Utah celebrated and sought marriage licenses Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them to marry there and in 30 other states by rejecting an appeal that sought to ban same-sex unions. The denial of the appeal by Utah and four other states left no pending gay marriage cases before the high court.

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Tenth Circuit lifts stay: Same-sex marriage now legal in Utah, Oklahoma

Monday, October 6, 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.
DENVER -- A federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the matter. The high court's decision effectively means gay marriage...

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases were currently pending ...

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Mormon leader reiterates opposition to gay marriage at biannual conference

Saturday, October 4, 2014
People fill their seats in the Conference Center before the start of opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently. Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday during the faith's biannual conference... Bu

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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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