LGBT http://kuer.org en Amendment 3 Plaintiffs Argue Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriages Are Irrational http://kuer.org/post/amendment-3-plaintiffs-argue-laws-banning-same-sex-marriages-are-irrational <p>Plaintiffs in the case against <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~code/const/htm/00I01_002900.htm" target="_blank">Utah’s Amendment 3</a> filed a brief with the 10th&nbsp;Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. The brief argues that Amendment 3 demeans and stigmatizes the relationships of same-sex couples and doesn’t withstand constitutional scrutiny.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:54:18 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42697 at http://kuer.org Amendment 3 Plaintiffs Argue Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriages Are Irrational The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act is in effect across the country, but some Utahns are finding that they still don’t have any options for health insurance. As part of an ongoing series, KUER looks at those find themselves in this coverage gap. In today’s installment, we meet a 32-year-old who is in the process of coming out as transgender.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:57:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42081 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance-0 <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act is in effect across the country, but some Utahns are finding that they still don’t have any options for health insurance. As part of an ongoing series, KUER looks at those in this coverage gap. In today’s installment, we meet a 32-year-old who is in the process of coming out as transgender.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:57:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42082 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance State Troopers Arrest Protestors at Capitol Sit-in for LGBT Rights http://kuer.org/post/state-troopers-arrest-protestors-capitol-sit-lgbt-rights <p></p><p>A dozen protestors were taken away from the Utah Capitol Monday afternoon in handcuffs. The protestors were there to demand that an LGBT anti-discrimination bill be considered. They were arrested when they blocked the entrance of a Senate Committee hearing.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:15:55 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41978 at http://kuer.org State Troopers Arrest Protestors at Capitol Sit-in for LGBT Rights Despite Public Outpouring, Senate Leaders Determined to Ignore Anti-discrimination Bill http://kuer.org/post/despite-public-outpouring-senate-leaders-determined-ignore-anti-discrimination-bill <p></p><p>The Utah Senate chamber doors were plastered with pieces of blue paper today - all expressing support for a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. But Senate leaders are still determined to bar the bill from being debated on the floor.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:38:35 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41649 at http://kuer.org Despite Public Outpouring, Senate Leaders Determined to Ignore Anti-discrimination Bill State Senator Urges Public to Contact Legislator in Support of Anti-Discrimination Bill http://kuer.org/post/state-senator-urges-public-contact-legislator-support-anti-discrimination-bill <p class="p1">Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R - St. George, is asking the public to let their state senator and representative know that they are in favor of his anti-discrimination bill. <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0100.html" target="_blank">SB 100</a> would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing and in the workplace. This week leadership in both the House and Senate have mentioned that bills relating to LGBT issues might not be heard because of the state’s pending case over its ban on same-sex marriage. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:05:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41547 at http://kuer.org State Senator Urges Public to Contact Legislator in Support of Anti-Discrimination Bill Senate Might Not Consider Anti-Discrimination Bill This Year http://kuer.org/post/senate-might-not-consider-anti-discrimination-bill-year <p>Utah Senate leaders say there is a strong possibility that any bills dealing with same sex marriage or gay rights won’t be considered by the body this session.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:22:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41436 at http://kuer.org Senate Might Not Consider Anti-Discrimination Bill This Year Utah's Outside Counsel in Amendment 3 Case Will Also Work for Conservative Sutherland Institute http://kuer.org/post/utahs-outside-counsel-amendment-3-case-will-also-work-conservative-sutherland-institute <p>The attorney hired to represent the state of Utah in its appeal of the same-sex marriage decision will also be working for a conservative think tank.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 41165 at http://kuer.org Utah's Outside Counsel in Amendment 3 Case Will Also Work for Conservative Sutherland Institute Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal http://kuer.org/post/federal-court-grants-utah-more-time-prepare-amendment-3-appeal <p>A federal appeals court has granted Utah's request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Amendment 3 case happened to be speaking at the University of Utah Law School today, and said she was disappointed by the extension, but not discouraged.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:07:01 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41087 at http://kuer.org Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages http://kuer.org/post/same-sex-marriage-advocates-urge-govenor-recognize-their-marriages <p>Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters gathered at the State Capitol this afternoon to urge the governor to stop fighting the case against Utah’s Amendment 3.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:59:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40664 at http://kuer.org Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages Governor Directs State Agencies to Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://kuer.org/post/governor-directs-state-agencies-not-recognize-same-sex-marriages <p>Governor Gary Herbert’s office is directing state agencies to no longer recognize same-sex marriages.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Herbert’s Chief of Staff Derek Miller sent out the <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/197424616/Gov-Office-Gives-Direction-to-State-Agencies-on-Gay-Marriages" target="_blank">directive in an email</a> to members of the cabinet. He says based on the stay issued by the U.S. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:59:18 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40566 at http://kuer.org Governor Directs State Agencies to Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-halts-gay-marriage-utah <p>The <a href="https://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/13A687_Herber_v_Kitchen_Order1.pdf" target="_blank">U.S. Supreme Court</a> granted Utah’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s law banning same-sex marriage.&nbsp; The stay effectively stops county clerks from issuing any more marriage licenses to gay couples for now.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Terry Gildea & Brian Grimmett 40459 at http://kuer.org U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah Group Aimed at Helping Mormons Overcome Homosexual Behavior Shuts Down http://kuer.org/post/group-aimed-helping-mormons-overcome-homosexual-behavior-shuts-down <p></p><p>A group that once helped gay Mormons attempt to eliminate their same-sex attractions has closed its doors. Salt Lake City-based Evergreen International is turning over its resources and mailing list to an organization for gay Latter Day Saints called <a href="http://northstarlds.org/">North Star International</a>. The merger makes North Star the biggest group in the world that deals with LDS teachings and same-sex attraction.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:12:54 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40379 at http://kuer.org Group Aimed at Helping Mormons Overcome Homosexual Behavior Shuts Down Judge Denies Request to Stay Gay Marriage Ruling http://kuer.org/post/judge-denies-request-stay-gay-marriage-ruling <p></p><p></p><p>Gay marriages will continue in Utah-- for now. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby has denied the Utah Attorney General’s request to stay Friday’s landmark ruling.</p><p>About 700 people lined the halls of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office Monday, after Judge Robert Shelby denied the state’s request to mandate counties stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.</p><p>Isaac Troyo says he and his partner Jed Mecham arrived at 10 pm on Sunday, anxious to make it official before Judge Shelby was scheduled to announce his decision.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:20:14 +0000 Whittney Evans 39956 at http://kuer.org Judge Denies Request to Stay Gay Marriage Ruling Club Jam to Host Healthcare Happy Hour http://kuer.org/post/club-jam-host-healthcare-happy-hour <p></p><p>Community groups around the state have been holding events to educate people about the Affordable Care Act, but <a href="http://www.utahpridecenter.org">Utah Pride</a> is trying something different Wednesday to reach their target demographic - healthcare happy hour.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:48:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39050 at http://kuer.org Club Jam to Host Healthcare Happy Hour BYU Student Wins National Award for LGBT Suicide Prevention http://kuer.org/post/byu-student-wins-national-award-lgbt-suicide-prevention <p></p><p>A Brigham Young University student will be recognized by a national suicide prevention organization this week for his work with the lesbian and gay community in Utah. BYU Senior Adam White will be receiving the ‘Youth Innovator’ Award at the Trevor Project's annual dinner in Los Angeles. Past honorees at <a href="http://www.thetrevorproject.org/site/trevorlivela">TrevorLIVE</a> include Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, and Queen Latifah.</p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:58:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 38771 at http://kuer.org BYU Student Wins National Award for LGBT Suicide Prevention KUER News Pod: Thursday June 27, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-june-27-2013 <p>Local religious leaders and marriage equality advocates react to the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage. We find out what the rulings mean for Utah, and the state education task force wonders if they should be pushing kids toward certain careers.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98706975&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:29:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 31572 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday June 27, 2013 Groups Celebrate Federal Gay Marriage Ruling http://kuer.org/post/groups-celebrate-federal-gay-marriage-ruling <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A lot of people in Utah were celebrating last night after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay and lesbian activist groups sponsored a community event at Club Sound, while hundreds of conservatives convened at the South Towne Expo Center to venerate heterosexual marriage.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:44:17 +0000 Whittney Evans 31553 at http://kuer.org Groups Celebrate Federal Gay Marriage Ruling KUER News Pod: Monday June 17, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-june-17-2013 <p>The Great Salt Lake Council threatens a local scout leader with expulsion over marching in the Utah Pride Parade, Utah House Democrats want to be included in any impeachment decision, and a man is shot while attending a service at an Ogden Catholic Church.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97292836&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:14:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 31061 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday June 17, 2013 KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 5, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-june-5-2013 <p>The Salt Lake City School Board approves a tax hike, Kennecott Utah Copper announces they are done with layoffs - for now, and the Salt Lake County Council Okays a proposal for a mutual commitment registry.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95570180&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:02:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 30417 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 5, 2013 KUER News Pod: Monday June 3, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-june-3-2013 <p>Another state legislator calls for the resignation of Attorney General John Swallow, more members of the LDS church than ever before participate in the Utah Pride Parade, and a Utah County family lays to rest their fallen soldier.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95244509&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:13:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 30278 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday June 3, 2013 KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-may-24-2013 <p>A long awaited report shows that Utah could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Boy Scouts of America vote to include gay youth, and Latter-day Saints remember the life of Frances Monson.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93733425&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 20:52:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29821 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013 Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth http://kuer.org/post/boy-scouts-america-open-scouting-gay-youth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Boy Scouts of America has <a href="http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/MembershipStandards/Resolution/results.aspx">voted to change its policy</a> on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders. &nbsp;A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:38:51 +0000 Dan Bammes 29764 at http://kuer.org Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays http://kuer.org/post/scout-leaders-gather-vote-including-gays <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:22:05 +0000 Dan Bammes 29692 at http://kuer.org Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-may-21-2013 <p>West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93230143&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:55:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29615 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013 LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade http://kuer.org/post/lds-groups-plan-bigger-role-utah-pride-parade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.&nbsp; This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.</p><p>The group <a href="http://mormonsbuildingbridges.org/">Mormons Building Bridges</a> will be joined by the group <a href="http://www.mormonsforequality.org/">Mormons for Equality</a>.&nbsp; In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 20:23:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 29569 at http://kuer.org LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade KUER News Pod: Thursday May 9, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-may-9-2013 <p>Family and friends honor the death of fallen soccer referee Ricardo Portillo, the Great Salt Lake Council discusses gays in the Boy Scouts, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council announces the lineup for the Twilight Concert Series.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F91437821&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:21:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29025 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday May 9, 2013 KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 2, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-april-2-2013 <p>The Utah Pride Center won’t be getting a scout troop, Utah’s courts open up the door to electronics, and UTA puts into effect fare increases.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86069021&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:17:04 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27226 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 2, 2013 KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-march-19-2013 <p>A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83986315&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:33:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26578 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013 Gay Rights Group to Challenge Utah’s Amendment 3 in Federal Court http://kuer.org/post/gay-rights-group-challenge-utah-s-amendment-3-federal-court <p>A gay rights organization announced Monday it is filing a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah.&nbsp; The group <a href="http://restoreourhumanity.org/">Restore Our Humanity</a> is seeking to strike down Utah’s Constitutional Amendment 3, which says that marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:58:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 26533 at http://kuer.org Gay Rights Group to Challenge Utah’s Amendment 3 in Federal Court