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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 same-sex couples ask Supreme Court to hear appeal

Thursday, August 7, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Even though they scored a key victory in federal appellate court, attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples said Thursday they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take Utah's appeal of a favorable gay marriage ruling. It is vital that the justices weigh in about whether state same-sex marriage bans violate the Constitution to settle the matter...

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Utah files same-sex marriage appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriage ban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. Utah officials announced last month they would take the state's case directly...

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Utah Pride Center opens counseling, wellness clinic in Salt Lake City

Sunday, August 3, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Pride Center is expanding its services for the LGBT community and has opened a new counseling and wellness clinic in Salt Lake City. Joshua Bravo, one of three licensed clinical social workers at the center said it's a goal "to find a safe space for our clients to be themselves..."

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Language school fires blogger because article about ‘homophones’ sounds gay

Thursday, July 31, 2014
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PROVO, Utah -- A blogger and social media specialist for a Provo, Utah-based English language learning center has been fired after writing an article explaining "homophones," because the school's owner said it created the perception the school promoted a gay agenda.

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A Mormon mom’s story of unconditional love for her transgender son

Saturday, July 26, 2014
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From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described "sheltered, Utah Mormon boy," and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: "I assumed (Grayson) would say 'I have a boy brain.' But he didn't. He said 'I have a boy's soul.'"

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U.S. Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah same-sex couples

Friday, July 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the order Friday afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place pending the outcome of the appeal to the ...

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Utah governor will follow Supreme Court ruling on marriage recognition

Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says if the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to extend an order preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits, Utah will recognize the marriages. Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said Friday that the governor has said Utah will abide by any final ruling but he believes the larger legal challenge...

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Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to delay benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that's preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits. Utah filed its appeal Wednesday, arguing that benefits should be delayed while the larger issue of the marriage ban makes its way through the courts.

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Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for indefinite stay of gay marriage ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court has denied Utah's request for an indefinite stay pending appeal of a ruling ordering the state to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order late Friday afternoon. The court will keep the stay in...

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Utah taking appeal of same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge a federal appeals court's finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The state opted to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than request a review from the entire 10th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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