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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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SLC police officer placed on leave after refusing to work at LGBT pride

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on administrative leave after he reportedly refused an assignment to work during the weekend’s LGBT pride event. The officer had been given a traffic control and public safety assignment during Sunday’s parade.

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Same-sex couples ask appeals court to reverse Utah stay

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four same-sex couples have asked a federal appeals court to reverse a decision allowing Utah to delay recognizing their marriages. The delay creates an "enormous hardship" for the couples and keeps them in an "indefinite period of limbo" without the legal benefits of marriage, attorneys for the couples argued in court documents Friday afternoon.

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Appeals court keeps recognition of same-sex marriages in Utah on hold

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 1,000 couples who rushed to wed after a judge overturned Utah's gay marriage ban will have to keep waiting for many of the legal benefits of being married following an appeals court decision Thursday.

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Utah appeals ruling ordering it to recognize married, same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Utah has appealed a federal judge's ruling that officials must recognize same-sex marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, filed the appeal Wednesday, sending the case to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Salt Lake City Council says LGBT group deserves a spot in parade

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council is decrying the rejection of a Mormon LGBT group's proposed float in Utah's most popular parade, but it won't pull out of the event.

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Group blasts Utah governor for calling gay marriage the foundation of ‘anarchy’

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — A gay rights organization is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to apologize for suggesting homosexuality is a choice and for calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend same-sex marriage bans the "next step to anarchy."

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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Boy Scout membership up in Utah since ranks opened to gay youth

| Friday, May 23, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — Membership in the Boy Scouts of America is up in Utah since its ranks were opened to gay youths a year ago.

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Utah governor committed to defending state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he remains committed to defending Utah's same-sex marriage ban, calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend bans the "next step to anarchy."

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Uncertainty lingers for Utah’s married, same-sex couples and their children

| Wednesday, May 21, 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 -- A federal judge's ruling ordering officials to recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned marked a key victory for Utah gay and lesbian couples. But it doesn't end their months-long legal limbo.

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