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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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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
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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
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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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