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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Kim Raff, APRuth Hackford-Peer, right, and Kim Hackford-Peer, standing next to her, are married by Rev. Curtis Price, left, while hugging their two children Riley Hackford-Peer, back middle, and Casey Hackford-Peer, bottom middle, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Utah to spend $2 million to fight against same-sex marriage

Sunday, December 29, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say it will cost some $2 million to hire outside counsel to fight a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

More than 900 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah

Friday, December 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples in Utah in the week after a federal judge struck down the state's ban. [ Read more → ]
Ravell Call, Deseret News (AP)Jax and Heather Collins hug after getting married at the Salt Lake County clerk's office Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

Holdout Utah counties begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Thursday, December 26, 2013
PROVO, Utah -- Utah County officials who held out on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even after a judge overturned a ban say they will now offer licenses to all eligible applicants. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court denies stay, no halt to same-sex marriages in Utah

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that gay marriages can continue in Utah, denying a request from the state to halt same-sex weddings that have been occurring at a rapid rate since last week. [ Read more → ]
Ravell Call, Deseret News (AP)Jax and Heather Collins get married at the Salt Lake County clerk's office Monday, Dec 23, 2013.

Some Utah counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Some county clerks in Utah refused Tuesday to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, even though they could face legal consequences after a judge stuck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tom Smart, The Deseret News (AP)About 1,500 people gather to celebrate marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/,

More than 1,500 gay marriage supporters rally in Salt Lake City to celebrate ruling

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 1,500 same-sex-marriage supporters rallied in Salt Lake City to hail a judge's decision paving the way for gay weddings in Utah. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Hundreds of gay couples line up outside of the county clerk's office in the Weber Center on Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2013, the first day that Weber County began accepting applications for same-sex marriage licenses. Couples began lining up outside the building at 10 p.m. on Sunday night due to concern that the state might only issue licenses for one hour before a possible stay could be placed on the ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.

Utah officials turn to higher court to halt same-sex marriages

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage." [ Read more → ]
via: Equality UtahHundreds of same-sex couples wrapped around two floors at the Salt Lake County Complex on Monday morning waiting to obtain marriage licenses.

Judge denies request for stay in ruling striking down Utah’s gay marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge said Monday he will allow same-sex marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt weddings between gay couples until the appeals process plays out. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby

Utah’s same-sex marriage ban back in court as judge considers stay motion

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Monday is set to consider a request from the state of Utah to block same-sex marriages that have been taking place since Friday when the state's gay marriage ban was overturned. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for emergency stay on marriage ruling

Sunday, December 22, 2013
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has rejected a request by Utah state officials for an "emergency" stay on Friday's federal court ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Utah same-sex marriage ruling prompts petitions for and against

Sunday, December 22, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents and supporters of a federal judge's ruling overturning Utah's same-sex marriage ban both have launched online petition drives seeking support for their positions. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APChris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Same-sex marriage ruling catches conservative Utah off guard

Saturday, December 21, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A day after a judge's surprise ruling overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. And 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk's Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses. [ Read more → ]
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Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. [ Read more → ]
Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

Federal judge hears arguments on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, December 5, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge says he'll do his best to rule by early next year on a legal challenge to a same-sex marriage ban in Utah, after an attorney called for an end to the prohibition by arguing that the precedent has been set by the U.S. Supreme Court and discrimination has gone on long enough. [ Read more → ]
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Challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban back in court

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court judge hears arguments in a case being closely watched around the U.S. [ Read more → ]
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ACLU files court brief in challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, October 17, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a challenge of Utah's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Utah cites procreation in lawsuit over same-sex marriage

Sunday, October 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for the state of Utah are defending a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union of a man and woman, saying it promotes the state's interest in "responsible procreation" and the "optimal mode of child-rearing." [ Read more → ]
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Utah says married, same-sex couples must file state taxes separately

Friday, October 11, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- State officials are notifying gay couples that Utah's policy about joint tax returns is unchanged despite recent federal recognition of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT rights advocates say Utah bullying law may backfire

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
OGDEN, Utah — Gay rights leaders in Utah say a new law requiring schools to notify parents when their child is a victim of bullying could potentially do more harm than good. [ Read more → ]
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Ex-NFL QB Steve Young to speak at Mormon conference on LGBT acceptance

Friday, September 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Former NFL great Steve Young will be one of the keynote speakers at a three-day conference in Salt Lake City exploring how the Mormon faith is dealing with gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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Utah says its ban on same-sex marriage does not discriminate against gays

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- The state of Utah asserted this week that it has a "sovereign right" to define and regulate marriage, and defended a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, saying its ban does not discriminate against gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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Utah state senator proposes to longtime partner at marriage ruling celebration

Thursday, June 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — An openly gay Utah state senator didn't just give a speech at a party celebrating two Supreme Court victories for gay rights — he took to the stage to propose to his longtime partner. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APBoy Scouts are shown marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Boy Scout leaders chided for marching in Utah pride parade

Saturday, June 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Boy Scout leaders have been reprimanded by the organization for marching with several Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APMembers of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday. Kenji Mikesell, second from right, is an 18-year-old Eagle Scout still active in his troop that is sponsored by the Mormon church.

Boy Scouts join Mormon allies at Utah Pride, defy policy by marching in uniform

Monday, June 3, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community. [ Read more → ]
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