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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 Senate gives speedy approval to LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

Friday, March 6, 2015
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Utah's GOP controlled state Senate has given speedy approval to a landmark anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights. [...]

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Utah Senate panel gives unanimous approval to LGBT non-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its first test at the state Legislature on Thursday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered its unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure. [...]

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Utah state Senate to hear Mormon-backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 5, 2015
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The proposal prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation when it comes to housing or employment. Religious groups and organizations would be exempt from the requirement, as would Boy Scouts of America, which has a ban on gay adult Scout leaders and has close ties to the LDS [...]

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Utah LGBT non‑discrimination bill exempts Boy Scouts, religious groups

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill Wednesday that protects LGBT individuals while also carving out protections for the Boy Scouts of America and religious groups. [...]

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Utah lawmakers to unveil LGBT anti‑discrimination, religious rights bill

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Utah lawmakers on Wednesday will unveil a compromise bill that protects LGBT individuals against discrimination in housing and employment while also protecting religious rights. [...]

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Bill expected soon on LGBT discrimination, religious rights in Utah

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City
Utah lawmakers are expected as early as Tuesday to unveil a compromise bill that protects LGBT individuals against discrimination in housing and employment while also protecting religious rights. [...]

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Cop who objected to riding in gay pride says he was unfairly branded a ‘bigot’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties. [...]

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Bill to protect LGBT rights, religious freedom in Utah may not happen this year

Friday, February 20, 2015
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A Utah lawmaker leading negotiations on a bill that would protect both LGBT and religious rights says the parties may not be able to reach a deal this year. [...]

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LGBT, religious rights legislation could emerge in Utah next week

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
LGBT advocates in Utah are more optimistic than ever they can pass a statewide anti-discrimination law this year now that the Mormon church has made a national appeal for such measures. [...]

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Plaintiff in Utah same-sex marriage case to make city council run

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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One of the plaintiffs in the court case that overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is planning to run for Salt Lake City council. Derek Kitchen says he plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday. [...]

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