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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 Supreme Court halts same-sex parent adoption cases

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court has ordered a temporary halt of several district judges' orders requiring the Utah Department of Health to issue birth certificates in same-sex parent adoptions.

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Utah AG could be held in contempt for blocking same-sex couple’s adoption

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A state judge has ordered Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and two state health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.

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Mormon faith-based LGBT group rejected by parade honoring LDS pioneers

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy.

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Judges reject motions by man who wants to marry his ‘porn-filled computer’

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Chris Sevier
A federal judge and a U.S. appeals court have rejected a Tennessee man's motion to intervene in two cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in Florida and Utah by seeking to marry his "porn-filled Apple computer."

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Utah asks federal judge to let state court determine marriage benefits for gays

| Monday, April 28, 2014
The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General's Office is asking a federal court to allow the Utah Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples who married in the state should receive legal benefits associated with marriage.

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Report: Marriage equality will add $15 million to Utah economy over 3 years

| Sunday, April 27, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah would generate an estimated $15.5 million for the state's economy in the first three years, a new report from a California-based think tank shows.

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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Tenth Circuit appeals panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
DENVER -- A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided during a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

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Utah attorney general intervenes to halt adoptions by same-sex couples

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General is asking a state appeals court to block two adoptions recently approved for same-sex couples.

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Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution.

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