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Couple files lawsuit against state of Utah over same-sex parentage rights

Monday, April 13, 2015
Angie and Kami Roe
Angie and Kami Roe say in the lawsuit filed Monday that hospital staff refused to take their birth certificate paperwork in February, and Utah officials said one mother must adopt the baby as a step-parent. ...

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Utah’s lone openly gay lawmaker to run for mayor of Salt Lake City

Monday, April 6, 2015
Jim Dabakis
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis, the state legislature's only openly gay lawmaker, announced Monday that he will run for mayor of Salt Lake City this year. ...

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. ...

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Top Mormon leaders vow to be leading advocates for marriage exclusive to a man and a woman

Sunday, April 5, 2015
President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, is flanked by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Mormon leaders vowed to be a leading advocate for the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman during the religion's biannual conference in Salt Lake City this weekend. ...

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Former-BYU student says he was evicted from apartment over same-sex attraction

Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Village at South Campus in Provo, Utah.
A former Brigham Young University student has sued a university-contracted apartment complex that he says evicted him after he told his roommates he was attracted to men. ...

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Utah governor signs bill allowing officials to refuse to officiate marriages

Friday, March 20, 2015
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
The measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday requires a county clerk's office to designate someone to marry all couples if the clerk opts out. ...

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Coming soon to Salt Lake City: An international festival of bigotry

Sunday, March 15, 2015
A protestor outside a World Congress of Families gathering in Australia in 2014.
An international network of some of the world’s most vitriolic Religious Right activists and self-proclaimed orthodox religious leaders is holding its ninth global conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2015. ...

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Utah’s LGBT rights bill is a trojan horse for the religious right’s agenda

Friday, March 13, 2015
The Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, and was signed Thursday evening by Gov. Gary Herbert.
There were both cheers and tears as many in the Utah LGBTQ community celebrated the passage of a workplace and housing nondiscrimination law, but behind closed doors, I suspect it’s actually the leaders of the Religious Right who are cheering ...

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Utah governor signs Mormon church backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 12, 2015
After signing it, Gov. Gary Herbert holds up a copy of a bill at the Capitol, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The bill that protects Utah's LGBT residents while also ensuring religious rights became law amid a cheering crowd that contained both clergy and gay rights activists.
The law protects LGBT Utah residents from discrimination in housing and employment — a step activists have been pushing for years — while also creating exemptions for religious organizations and protecting religious speech in the workplace. ...

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Utah House passes Mormon church-backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
The proposal earned a rare stamp of approval from the Utah-based Mormon church, and the state House voted 65-10 Wednesday night to pass it. ...

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