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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Mark Regnerus

Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
For the anti-gay movement, call it the gift that keeps on giving. The thoroughly discredited study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus that was released July 2012 has turned up yet again, this time in the initial brief filed on behalf of the state of Utah in its fight against marriage equality. The brief suggests that children will somehow be endangered by marriage equality, and the Regnerus study is supposed to lend credence to the false claim that children raised in same-sex households fare worse in many ways than in households with opposite-sex couples... [ Read more → ]
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Utah anti-discrimination bill dead as lawmakers avoid LGBT-related legislation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APOpponents of same-sex marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Utah defends gay marriage ban: Marriage is ‘principally a child-centered institution’

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state attorneys filed their opening argument to the federal appeals court reviewing the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying the optimal environment for raising children is with a mother and father. [ Read more → ]
Jake Anderegg

Twitter gaffes from Utah lawmakers stoke criticism of transphobia

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The leader of the Utah Senate and another state lawmaker are apologizing Monday after tweets sent from their accounts earlier in the day were criticized as transphobic and insensitive. [ Read more → ]
Roberta Kaplan

Appeals court rejects request by DOMA attorney to join Utah marriage hearing

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court says it will not allow an attorney representing three same-sex Utah couples to take part in an upcoming hearing on the state's gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Nevada

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian couple awaiting child sues Utah over marital rights

Sunday, February 2, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lesbian couple awaiting a child has sued Utah, asking the state to recognize their marriage and all accompanying rights. [ Read more → ]
A supporter of gay marriage Tiffany Lundeen wears a flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Same-sex marriage poised to eclipse early weeks of Utah legislative session

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The surprise legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah in December has catapulted the state to the center of a national debate and dominated the local political landscape, and this week, questions about the implications of the ruling appeared poised to eclipse the early weeks of the Legislative session. [ Read more → ]
Steve Urquhart

Utah state Senator says LGBT anti-discrimination bill should be heard

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's legal fight over same-sex marriage has nothing to do with a proposed statewide anti-discrimination ban, a state senator said Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Utah lawmaker introduces bill to define students’ gender for restroom use

Friday, January 31, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require school students to use restrooms that are consistent with the gender defined on their birth certificate. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APGov.  Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Utah governor says he’s committed to gay marriage ban, urges respect

Thursday, January 30, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's committed to defending Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage but says the issue should be handled with civility and respect. [ Read more → ]
Merrill Nelson

Bill would allow Utah taxpayers to donate portion of refund to fight gay marriage

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker hopes taxpayers can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APSupporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage backers, foes hold dueling rallies at Utah capitol

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue hit the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Same panel of judges to hear appeals of Utah, Okla., gay marriage rulings

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
DENVER -- Appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Utah and Oklahoma will be heard by the same panel of federal judges. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality supporters, opponents plan dueling rallies at Utah capitol

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are planning twin rallies at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday evening. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Utah governor says he’s open to law allowing civil unions

Thursday, January 23, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday indicated he'd be open to a law allowing civil unions if Utah citizens pushed for such an option for gay couples in the future. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: 60 percent of Utahns support LGBT housing, employment protections

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Appeals court gives Utah more time to prepare for same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has granted Utah’s request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner, with their 4-year-old son, Jesse, are plaintiffs in the ACLU suit against Utah.

ACLU sues Utah for not recognizing same-sex couples’ marriages

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY --The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the state of Utah over its decision to stop granting new benefits to hundreds of newly married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

Monday, January 20, 2014
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough. [ Read more → ]
Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

Lawyers for same-sex couples fight Utah’s request for delay in appeal

Sunday, January 19, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawyers for Utah's same-sex couples are asking a federal appeals court to deny state officials' request for more time to prepare arguments in defense of Utah's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
messy-baby

A gay dad sounds off on the Utah fasting guy’s latest childish rant

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Trestin Meacham is not a special individual. For the people who share his mindset, he is actually quite typical. He finds a singular way of expressing himself, and for that, he gets notoriety. Because he typifies some of those holding key points of anti-gay frustration, he remains a point of interest for me and others. He is not alone. With an Oklahoma lawmaker calling gay people “human wrongs” and the government of Nigeria terrorizing its LGBT citizens, and dozens of idiotic ramblings from various lawmakers and clergy, Mr. Meacham’s point of view is more common than many of us are comfortable... [ Read more → ]
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Utah asks court for more time to prepare defense of state’s gay marriage ban

Friday, January 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state officials are asking a federal appeals court for more time to prepare arguments in defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban - in part to be able bring their newly-chosen team of private attorneys up to speed. [ Read more → ]
Trestin Meacham

Utah man who went on hunger strike says fighting homosexual movement is ‘mission in life’

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Trestin Meacham, the Utah man who went on a two-week hunger strike until the state stopped allowing same-sex couples to marry, now says that his "purpose in life is to stand against the homosexual movement." [ Read more → ]
Steve C. Wilson, APMarriage equality supporters of gay marriage fill the rotunda as they gather to rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City to deliver over 58,000 petition signatures in support of same-sex marriage to Utah Governor Gary Herbert Jan. 10, 2014.

Utah governor flooded with calls, letters for and against same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 16, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 2,700 calls, emails and letters flooded the Utah governor's office in the days and weeks after a surprise ruling legalized gay marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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