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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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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case ask for Supreme Court review

Thursday, August 28, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, five of the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyers office Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Call's partner, Karen Archer, was not able to attend.)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable same-sex marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month. The plaintiffs say they are taking this somewhat [...]

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Mormon school bookstore yanks Hallmark’s same-sex marriage cards

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Provo Buzz
SALT LAKE CITY -- Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without [...]

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Facebook donates to campaign of Utah AG who opposes marriage equality

Friday, August 15, 2014
Facenbook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook has donated $10,000 to the campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, According to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office. Q Salt Lake reports Facebook made the donation on May 13, 2014. Reyes is leading the fight against a federal court ruling striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tim Torkildson
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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