LGBT Rights 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 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 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 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 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 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 Marriage Controversy Could Upstage Anti-Discrimination Bill http://kuer.org/post/marriage-controversy-could-upstage-anti-discrimination-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A group that’s worked to include gay people in the Mormon community will be holding public conversations next week about an anti-discrimination bill being proposed in the upcoming legislative session.&nbsp; But one opponent of the bill thinks the recent controversy over gay marriage could get in the way.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:35:22 +0000 Dan Bammes 40763 at http://kuer.org Marriage Controversy Could Upstage Anti-Discrimination Bill 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 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 Federal Court Strikes Down Utah Ban on Same Sex Marriage http://kuer.org/post/federal-court-strikes-down-utah-ban-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby issued a decision Friday &nbsp;afternoon that bars enforcement of both the Utah law prohibiting same-sex marriage and the amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as a legal union only between a man and a woman.</p><p>The case was brought last year by three same-sex couples.&nbsp; Two couples were denied marriage licenses by the Salt Lake County Clerk.&nbsp; One couple was legally married in Iowa and want to have their marriage recognized by the state of Utah, where they live.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:03:54 +0000 Dan Bammes & Terry Gildea 39855 at http://kuer.org Federal Court Strikes Down Utah Ban on Same Sex Marriage Utah Pride Center Looks to Future After Valerie Larabee's Resignation http://kuer.org/post/utah-pride-center-looks-future-after-valerie-larabees-resignation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials at the Utah Pride Center are evaluating the future of the LGBTQ advocacy organization today after long-time executive director Valerie Larabee resigned on Wednesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Valerie Larabee says she’s still coming to terms with decision to leave the Utah Pride Center.</p><p>“Nine years of being at Utah Pride was an incredible journey, an incredible learning experience, I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it came at a great cost to me personally,” says Larabee.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:18:29 +0000 Terry Gildea 38226 at http://kuer.org Utah Pride Center Looks to Future After Valerie Larabee's Resignation 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 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 Local Scout Leader Scolded for Organizing Color Guard in Utah Pride Parade http://kuer.org/post/local-scout-leader-scolded-organizing-color-guard-utah-pride-parade <p></p><p>After a local scoutmaster organized a Boy Scout color guard for the Utah Pride Parade earlier this month, executives with the Great Salt Lake Council are threatening to expel that leader from the organization.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:18:52 +0000 Terry Gildea 31018 at http://kuer.org Local Scout Leader Scolded for Organizing Color Guard in Utah Pride Parade Salt Lake Boy Scout Officials Will Vote Independently on Gay Ban http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-boy-scout-officials-will-vote-independently-gay-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Boy Scouts Great Salt Lake Council met today to discuss how to vote on a proposal to partially lift a ban on gays in the organization.&nbsp; A final vote on the plan will take place at a national meeting later this month.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:32:46 +0000 Terry Gildea 28990 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake Boy Scout Officials Will Vote Independently on Gay Ban