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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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Anti-gay group planning worldwide conference in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year - a four-day gathering in Utah, a state that has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement. The World Congress of Families is based in Rockford, Illinois, and has about 40 partner organizations...

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Utah AG misses filing deadline in appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes missed a filing deadline Monday set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the state's appeal of December's ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

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Utah ruling pushes same-sex marriage another step closer to Supreme Court

Thursday, June 26, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
[caption id="attachment_144973" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Rick Bowmer, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office...

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Utah ruling reveals a crack in legal unanimity for same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paul J Kelly Jr
DENVER — Wednesday's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Law exactly one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same sex marriages.

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Utah AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry. Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel ...

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U.S. appeals court rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Utah
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right...

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‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell headlines same-sex marriage fundraiser in Utah

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Modern Family's Ty Burrell, left, and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh during an interview Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Burrell is headlining a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, an event staged by an organization that Ferguson and his real-life husband created to help pay for the legal costs of challenging same-sex marriage bans.
SALT LAKE CITY -- "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell says he sees same-sex marriage in the United States is a "tide that can't be turned." Burrell headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening in Salt Lake City to help cover legal costs for couples fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, lending his celebrity to help a group backed by sitcom co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Salt Lake City police officer who refused to work pride parade resigns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave last week after police said he refused to provide traffic control at Sunday's parade.

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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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