gay marriage http://kuer.org en Utah Attorney General Urges Civility in Same-Sex Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/utah-attorney-general-urges-civility-same-sex-marriage-case <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Utah’s Marriage Coalition organized a welcome-home rally Friday for the lawyers who argued in defense of Amendment 3, the law that bans same-sex marriage in Utah. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes had just returned from observing Thursday’s oral arguments before 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Reyes says he’s proud to be defending Utah laws and he’s urging civility while the legal process takes its course.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:37:52 +0000 Judy Fahys 44749 at http://kuer.org Utah Attorney General Urges Civility in Same-Sex Marriage Case Utah Gay Marriage Appeal Argued before Tenth Circuit http://kuer.org/post/utah-gay-marriage-appeal-argued-tenth-circuit <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:38:07 +0000 Terry Gildea 44699 at http://kuer.org Utah Gay Marriage Appeal Argued before Tenth Circuit Federal Court To Hear Utah's Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/federal-court-hear-utahs-appeal-same-sex-marriage-case <p></p><p>Utah’s law banning same sex marriage will be considered by a three judge panel in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.&nbsp; Last year, a federal district court judge overturned the law and the U.S. Supreme Court stayed that decision. Since then, similar laws in several other states have been toppled in federal courts, but Utah is the first state to argue an appeal. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:11:26 +0000 Terry Gildea 44665 at http://kuer.org Federal Court To Hear Utah's Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case Churches, Legislators File Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Appeal http://kuer.org/post/churches-legislators-file-arguments-same-sex-marriage-appeal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not alone in its arguments against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah.&nbsp; Other religious groups have signed on to a friend-of-the court brief to the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">10</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> US Circuit Court of Appeals, while another has been filed by Utah state legislators</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:27:25 +0000 Dan Bammes 42004 at http://kuer.org Churches, Legislators File Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Appeal LDS Church Will File Arguments in Utah Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-will-file-arguments-utah-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to file a friend-of-the-court brief after all in the appeal of the federal court case on same sex marriage in Utah.&nbsp; The case is currently before the 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:35:56 +0000 Dan Bammes 41865 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Will File Arguments in Utah Marriage Case Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, Supporters Rally at the Capitol http://kuer.org/post/same-sex-marriage-opponents-supporters-rally-capitol-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage gathered for separate rallies Tuesday night at the state Capitol. Both sides said fundamental values are at stake.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:10:57 +0000 Judy Fahys 41399 at http://kuer.org Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, Supporters Rally at the Capitol Lawmaker Wants to Allow Taxpayers to Contribute to Amendment 3 Defense http://kuer.org/post/lawmaker-wants-allow-taxpayers-contribute-amendment-3-defense <p></p><p>A Republican state lawmaker from Tooele&nbsp;County is proposing legislation that would help fund the state’s defense of its law banning gay marriage.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative Merrill Nelson’s bill would create a box on the state income tax form and allow state residents to give a portion of their tax refunds to the cause.&nbsp; &nbsp;Nelson says people on both sides of the issue could benefit from his legislation.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:24:32 +0000 Terry Gildea 41392 at http://kuer.org Lawmaker Wants to Allow Taxpayers to Contribute to Amendment 3 Defense 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 Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage http://kuer.org/post/herbert-defends-stance-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he believes regulating marriage is a state’s rights issue, but he understands many people are disappointed by his order to keep the state from recognizing same sex marriages performed legally after a key federal court decision.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Dan Bammes 40904 at http://kuer.org Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage 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 LDS Church Won't File Amicus Brief in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-wont-file-amicus-brief-utah-same-sex-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been an active participant in some past court cases involving same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t look like it will make arguments in the state of Utah’s current legal battle. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:45:52 +0000 Dan Bammes 40614 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Won't File Amicus Brief in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case 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 Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/sean-reyes-sworn-new-attorney-general <p>Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.</p><p>In a crowded Capitol Rotunda Sean Reyes took the oath of office to become Utah’s next Attorney General. The ceremony comes less than a year after former Attorney General John Swallow took the same oath, only later to resign in the midst of several investigations into his conduct. Reyes says his first job is to restore the public’s trust in his office.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:13:41 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40198 at http://kuer.org Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General Law Expert: Stay on Marriage Equality Ruling Unlikely http://kuer.org/post/law-expert-stay-marriage-equality-ruling-unlikely <p></p><p></p><p>An expert on marriage law says Utah’s fight against same-sex marriage is a long shot, even as the state is asking the U-S Supreme Court to stay last week’s court decision that legalized it.&nbsp; KUER’s Whittney Evans has more.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Virginia constitutional law professor Carl Tobias doesn’t think the Supreme Court will grant a stay in the Utah case.&nbsp; It’s already been turned down by the judge who issued the ruling and by the 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 02:02:53 +0000 Whittney Evans 40060 at http://kuer.org Law Expert: Stay on Marriage Equality Ruling Unlikely Federal Appeals Court Rejects Gay Marriage Stay Request http://kuer.org/post/federal-appeals-court-rejects-gay-marriage-stay-request <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late Tuesday afternoon, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Denver denied Utah’s request to halt a ruling by a federal judge that struck down the state’s law banning gay marriage. The two appeals court judges who denied the state’s request for a stay said in their decision that attorneys failed to prove there was a threat of irreparable harm if the stay was not granted and that that there is the likelihood of a successful appeal.</span></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:18:33 +0000 Terry Gildea 39999 at http://kuer.org Federal Appeals Court Rejects Gay Marriage Stay Request LDS Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii http://kuer.org/post/lds-opposition-same-sex-marriage-hawaii <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hawaii State Senate will vote on a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, and it’s expected to pass.&nbsp; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked with opposition leaders to fight the bill, but it’s unclear exactly what role the Church is playing.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 38058 at http://kuer.org LDS Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii Hawaii Debates Marriage Equality Bill Opposed by Religious Groups http://kuer.org/post/hawaii-debates-marriage-equality-bill-opposed-religious-groups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hawaii legislature has opened a special session to look at a <a href="http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indivSS.aspx?billtype=SB&amp;billnumber=1&amp;year=2013b">bill legalizing same-sex marriages</a>.&nbsp; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other conservative religious groups oppose the legislation, but it appears likely to pass.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:38:33 +0000 Dan Bammes 37391 at http://kuer.org Hawaii Debates Marriage Equality Bill Opposed by Religious Groups LDS Church Opposes Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-opposes-hawaii-marriage-equality-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hawaii’s state legislature is holding a special session this week to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state.&nbsp; Hawaii was one of the first states to pass a constitutional amendment on the question, but it didn’t define marriage as amendments in other states have.&nbsp; Instead, it gave that power to the legislature.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:07:56 +0000 Dan Bammes 37374 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Opposes Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Same-Sex Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/aclu-files-amicus-brief-same-sex-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A case before a federal court challenges the constitutionality of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages.&nbsp; And a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union says this could be the one that helps decide the issue for the whole country.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:46:21 +0000 Dan Bammes 36909 at http://kuer.org ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Same-Sex Marriage Case Utah Has Right to Regulate Marriage says Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/utah-has-right-regulate-marriage-says-attorney-general <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah Attorney General’s office responded to a complaint this week challenging Amendment Three in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as union between a man and a woman. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:55:47 +0000 Terry Gildea 33954 at http://kuer.org Utah Has Right to Regulate Marriage says Attorney General Human Rights Campaign President says Utah will have Marriage Equality within 5 Years http://kuer.org/post/human-rights-campaign-president-says-utah-will-have-marriage-equality-within-5-years <p></p><p>Now that the Supreme Court has issued its <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf" target="_blank">rulings </a>for two major gay marriage cases, the <a href="http://www.hrc.org/" target="_blank">Human Rights Campaign</a> is focusing its attention on Utah. The Campaign’s President Chad Griffin was in Salt Lake City Thursday calling for equality in Utah and the other 36 states that do not allow same-sex marriage.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:32:38 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31597 at http://kuer.org Human Rights Campaign President says Utah will have Marriage Equality within 5 Years What the Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage Mean for Utah http://kuer.org/post/what-supreme-court-rulings-gay-marriage-mean-utah <p></p><p>As the nation digests the US Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, Utahns are thinking about how the ruling will affect the lives of lesbian and gay people in this state.</p><p>Leaders of the Utah Pride Center started their press conference by passing around a box of tissues.&nbsp;Executive Director Valerie Larabee took to the podium with puffy red eyes, calling the Supreme Court decision a pivotal moment.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:10:24 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31540 at http://kuer.org What the Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage Mean for Utah LDS, Catholic Leaders React to Gay Marriage Decisions http://kuer.org/post/lds-catholic-leaders-react-gay-marriage-decisions <p>Mormon and Catholic religious leaders both say they’re disappointed with today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.</p><p>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it “remains irrevocably committed” to strengthening traditional marriage after the Supreme Court rulings.</p><p>Church spokesperson Michael Otterson issued a statement saying the court has “highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates.”</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:21:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 31521 at http://kuer.org LDS, Catholic Leaders React to Gay Marriage Decisions 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