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LGBT, religious rights legislation could emerge in Utah next week

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
LGBT advocates in Utah are more optimistic than ever they can pass a statewide anti-discrimination law this year now that the Mormon church has made a national appeal for such measures. ...

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Plaintiff in Utah same-sex marriage case to make city council run

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Derek Kitchen
One of the plaintiffs in the court case that overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is planning to run for Salt Lake City council. Derek Kitchen says he plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday. ...

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Mormon says he’ll likely be excommunicated for website, gay rights support

Monday, February 9, 2015
John Dehlin sits in his basement studio where he broadcasts his podcast at his home in North Logan, Utah.
A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days. ...

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Utah governor: Legislation to protect gay rights must also protect religious liberties

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
Gov. Gary Herbert used his sixth annual State of the State address Wednesday night to call on Utah lawmakers to ensure the state protects religious rights in the upcoming legislative session. ...

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Mormon leaders call for ‘balanced approach’ in clash between gay rights, religious freedom

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays, but still wants to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on honor codes that require gays to remain celibate. ...

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Gay rights advocates assail TLC special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Preston Dahlgren and Jeff Bennion are among the married men documented in a recent TLC show “My Husband's Not Gay" about men with same-sex attractions.
GLAAD says the show sends the wrong message and is a sad reminder of so-called gay conversion therapy, often faith-based efforts designed to change sexual orientation that can be emotionally scarring. ...

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Utah prosecutors weighing hate crime charges in beating of two gay men

Friday, January 2, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he takes seriously allegations that the two men were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and is reviewing the assault case. ...

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
Florida-marriage
Something big's going to happen in Florida next week, we just don't know what yet, and the Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January. ...

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Salt Lake Tribune names same-sex marriage plaintiffs ‘Utahns of the Year’

Friday, December 26, 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.
"Because of these Utah plaintiffs — who bravely made public their most private lives — the state took an unlikely position among the vanguard in the biggest civil rights movement of the day." ...

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Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
Less than 24 hours after releasing a statement on their website, the Mormon Church is walking back its support for workplace and housing protections for LGBTQ Utahns. ...

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