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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Uncertainty lingers for Utah’s married, same-sex couples and their children

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge's ruling ordering officials to recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned marked a key victory for Utah gay and lesbian couples. But it doesn't end their months-long legal limbo.

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Judge orders Utah to recognize over 1,000 legally married, same-sex couples

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Matthew Barraza and his husband Tony Milner (holding their son Jesse) are  one of four couples who sued the state of Utah  following the state's decision not to recognize the legal marriages of more than 1,000 legally same-sex couples. Because of the state’s decision, only Barraza is legally recognized as a parent of Jesse.
SALT LAKE CITY -- When Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner's 5-year-old son starts kindergarten next fall, both of his fathers could finally be recognized as his legal parents.

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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
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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