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Hundreds expected at gay wedding expo in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people are expected Sunday at a wedding expo in Salt Lake City aimed at connecting same-sex couples with businesses who won’t refuse to work on gay weddings.

A denial is a common occurrence in a state where florists, bakers and photographers have a legal right to refuse to serve a gay couple.

The Human Rights Campaign says Utah is one of 29 states where it is legal for businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples. A proposal to change that law died last week in Utah’s Republican-controlled legislation.

Michael Aaron, the show organizer and publisher of the QSalt Lake magazine, says about 40 LGBT-friendly businesses will be at the expo.

Aaron says the Salt Lake City expo will be the first since same-sex marriage became legal in Utah in 2013.

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