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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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Utah AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry. Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel ...

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U.S. appeals court rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right...

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‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell headlines same-sex marriage fundraiser in Utah

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Modern Family's Ty Burrell, left, and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh during an interview Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Burrell is headlining a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, an event staged by an organization that Ferguson and his real-life husband created to help pay for the legal costs of challenging same-sex marriage bans.
SALT LAKE CITY -- "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell says he sees same-sex marriage in the United States is a "tide that can't be turned." Burrell headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening in Salt Lake City to help cover legal costs for couples fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, lending his celebrity to help a group backed by sitcom co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Salt Lake City police officer who refused to work pride parade resigns

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave last week after police said he refused to provide traffic control at Sunday's parade.

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Salt Lake City police officer says he didn’t refuse to work pride parade

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban served as Grand Marshals of Utah Pride on Sunday, June 8, 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on leave for refusing an assignment to work a gay pride parade last weekend said Monday that his client has been defamed by inaccurate comments made by the police department. The officer's attorney says he asked to be taken off the motor team and reassigned to behind-the-scenes duty.

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Utah threatens to ask Supreme Court for help in same-sex marriage suit

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
Utah officials are threatening to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples demanding to have their marriages recognized. Attorneys for Utah say in court filings Monday that they'll appeal to the high court if a federal appeals court lifts the hold on a requirement to move forward with benefits for about 1,000 gay marriages.

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Salt Lake City LGBT pride participants energized by bright future

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
Salt Lake City's gay pride parade marshals, gay couple Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbiety, right, celebrate before the start of the annual gay pride parade Sunday, June 8, 2014. Kitchen and Sbiety were one of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah that led to the overturning of the state’s gay marriage ban.
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's gay pride parade has been going for decades, but never have participants and attendees had so much to celebrate and such a bright future to look forward to. A federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in December, leading more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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Salt Lake City Council wants parade to rethink LGBT group’s rejection

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
The group Mormons Building Bridges,     participating in Utah Pride in 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY — The legislative arm of Salt Lake City government is formally asking organizers of Utah's biggest parade to allow a Mormon-faith LGBT group to participate in the event. City Council members in a letter made public Friday evening asked the Days of '47 Parade, which honors the Mormon pioneers’ 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

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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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