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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The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Utah gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. [ Read more → ]
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.

Tenth Circuit appeals panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER -- A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided during a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)

Utah attorney general intervenes to halt adoptions by same-sex couples

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General is asking a state appeals court to block two adoptions recently approved for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Utah plaintiffs Derek Kitchen, Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge stand together at the Utah Unites for Marriage "send-off" event in Salt Lake City on April 7. This week, a three-judge panel in Denver will become the first federal appeals court to hear arguments regarding state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage.

Winning streak for same-sex marriage to be tested in higher court

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
DENVER -- With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the marriage equality movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tenth Circuit preview: Utah’s same-sex marriage ban faces appeals panel

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity sit on their couch at their home, in Salt Lake City.

Gay couple becomes the face of same-sex marriage in Utah

Monday, April 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune/APUtah Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, proposes to Stephen Justesen, his partner of over twenty-five years, during a party at Club Sound Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

Utah Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis steps down, cites health issues

Monday, March 24, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis says he is stepping down from that post Monday afternoon to address medical issues. [ Read more → ]
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Utah gay marriage advocacy group includes state’s former U.S. Attorney

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah is heading up a new group advocating for same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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Utah attorneys: Gay marriage ruling is an ‘unprincipled judicial wrecking ball’

Saturday, March 15, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state attorneys told a federal appeals court late Friday that the state's same-sex marriage ban should be upheld because such matters are best left to states to resolve. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.

Utah tells judge it is justified in freezing marriage rights for same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday that it is reasonable to freeze benefits for more than 1,000 newly married gay and lesbian couples because their rights are not permanently vested until an appeal court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APTroy Williams speaks during an news conference and rally Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol three weeks after they were arrested for blocking entrances to committee rooms.

Gay rights advocates return to Utah capitol demanding statewide protections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to call out lawmakers for suppressing the bill. [ Read more → ]
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Dozens of supporting briefs filed in Utah, Okla., same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 50 groups, organizations and coalitions have weighed in on gay marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma with supporting court briefs — giving a Denver-based federal appeals court thousands of pages of arguments to consider. [ Read more → ]
For,er U.S. Sens. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.)

Group of current, former GOP lawmakers file brief supporting same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. [ Read more → ]
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Utah defends freeze on benefits for married, same-sex couples

Friday, February 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say in a new court filing that they have no choice but to put a freeze on granting benefits to newly married gay couples until a federal appeals court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
J. Seth Anderson, via TwitterMembers of the LGBT community meet with Utah lawmakers on Feb. 26, 2014.

Utah lawmakers meet with LGBT community, hear of struggles, fears, discrimination

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — In an emotional gathering marked by tears, hugs and handshakes, a bipartisan group of more than Utah 20 lawmakers and officials met Wednesday night to hear gay and transgender people share personal experiences with discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APDerek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity, right, talk with the media outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse following court on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case file brief with appeals court

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for three gay and lesbian couples have filed a brief with an appeals court contesting Utah's same-sex marriage ban, which a federal judge overturned in December. [ Read more → ]
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Holladay, Utah, passes LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Friday, February 21, 2014
HOLLADAY, Utah — The Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay has become the latest Utah city to ban housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)

Utah AG needs more taxpayer money to defend same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office is seeking extra money from lawmakers to help pay for the state's legal fight over same-sex marriage. [ 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 → ]
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.

Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates  block the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday.

Protesters block Utah governor’s office in call for statewide LGBT protections

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 15 protesters are blocking the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday to call for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protect sexual or gender orientation. [ Read more → ]
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