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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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Salt Lake City police officer says he didn’t refuse to work pride parade

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban served as Grand Marshals of Utah Pride on Sunday, June 8, 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on leave for refusing an assignment to work a gay pride parade last weekend said Monday that his client has been defamed by inaccurate comments made by the police department. The officer's attorney says he asked to be taken off the motor team and reassigned to behind-the-scenes duty.

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Utah threatens to ask Supreme Court for help in same-sex marriage suit

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
Utah officials are threatening to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples demanding to have their marriages recognized. Attorneys for Utah say in court filings Monday that they'll appeal to the high court if a federal appeals court lifts the hold on a requirement to move forward with benefits for about 1,000 gay marriages.

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Salt Lake City LGBT pride participants energized by bright future

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
Salt Lake City's gay pride parade marshals, gay couple Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbiety, right, celebrate before the start of the annual gay pride parade Sunday, June 8, 2014. Kitchen and Sbiety were one of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah that led to the overturning of the state’s gay marriage ban.
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's gay pride parade has been going for decades, but never have participants and attendees had so much to celebrate and such a bright future to look forward to. A federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in December, leading more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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Salt Lake City Council wants parade to rethink LGBT group’s rejection

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
The group Mormons Building Bridges,     participating in Utah Pride in 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY — The legislative arm of Salt Lake City government is formally asking organizers of Utah's biggest parade to allow a Mormon-faith LGBT group to participate in the event. City Council members in a letter made public Friday evening asked the Days of '47 Parade, which honors the Mormon pioneers’ 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

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SLC police officer placed on leave after refusing to work at LGBT pride

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on administrative leave after he reportedly refused an assignment to work during the weekend’s LGBT pride event. The officer had been given a traffic control and public safety assignment during Sunday’s parade.

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Same-sex couples ask appeals court to reverse Utah stay

| Friday, June 6, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four same-sex couples have asked a federal appeals court to reverse a decision allowing Utah to delay recognizing their marriages. The delay creates an "enormous hardship" for the couples and keeps them in an "indefinite period of limbo" without the legal benefits of marriage, attorneys for the couples argued in court documents Friday afternoon.

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Appeals court keeps recognition of same-sex marriages in Utah on hold

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 1,000 couples who rushed to wed after a judge overturned Utah's gay marriage ban will have to keep waiting for many of the legal benefits of being married following an appeals court decision Thursday.

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Utah appeals ruling ordering it to recognize married, same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Utah has appealed a federal judge's ruling that officials must recognize same-sex marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, filed the appeal Wednesday, sending the case to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Salt Lake City Council says LGBT group deserves a spot in parade

| Wednesday, May 28, 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 — The Salt Lake City Council is decrying the rejection of a Mormon LGBT group's proposed float in Utah's most popular parade, but it won't pull out of the event.

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Group blasts Utah governor for calling gay marriage the foundation of ‘anarchy’

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert
SALT LAKE CITY — A gay rights organization is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to apologize for suggesting homosexuality is a choice and for calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend same-sex marriage bans the "next step to anarchy."

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