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One of the couples who successfully challenged the state of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage got married Sunday in a public ceremony at The Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.

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A Utah Valley pediatrician says he is standing by his support of a legal brief to the US Supreme Court opposing same sex marriage, after University of Utah medical students questioned whether it was appropriate for him to do so.

Salt Lake City is hosting the first stateside gathering of World Congress of Families. The organization says it advocates for the traditional family structure. Others say it promotes exclusion.

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A landmark law takes effect Tuesday that aims to balance religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns against discrimination in the workplace.

A group of medical students at the University of Utah have sent a letter questioning a faculty member, after he signed a brief to the US Supreme Court claiming that the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in abortions.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed into law a statewide ban on discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in employment and housing.  The law also includes protections for religious beliefs.

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A historic measure to protect Utah’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population from discrimination in employment and housing passed the full Utah legislature Wednesday night. So did two other measures that specifically protect religious freedom.

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The Utah Senate passed a statewide anti-discrimination bill on Friday.

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The fight to preserve religious rights in Utah isn’t over. A chief negotiator in the widely-celebrated anti-discrimination bill released Wednesday is now making a case for additional religious protections.

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In a rare display of consensus, representatives from Utah’s LGBT community and officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came together to support a statewide non-discrimination bill lawmakers unveiled today at the state Capitol. 

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Utah House and Senate leaders will likely unveil a bill on Tuesday that provides protections for lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment and housing, while also protecting religious liberty.

Whittney Evans

A number of local faith leaders joined Equality Utah in prayer and song Wednesday at the state capitol and to speak against a statewide proposal they say would codify discrimination against LGBT people.

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Negotiations continue with Utah House and Senate leaders on legislation that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns while safeguarding individual religious beliefs.

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Utah lawmakers are hashing out a plan to enact state-wide protections for LGBT people in employment and housing, while protecting religious liberty. The two ideas may be combined into one piece of legislation.

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Lehi Republican Representative Jake Anderegg wants to give public officials the right to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages if they object for religious reasons.

Utahns around the state are reacting to a decision by the U-S Supreme Court on Friday to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.  

Whittney Evans

Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity two of the plaintiffs in Utah’s same sex marriage case are celebrating one year of marriage equality in the state with an announcement about their wedding plans.

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The legal fight over same-sex marriage has come to a close in Utah. The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs in the Evans versus Utah case.

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  A co-founder of the group Mormons Building Bridges doesn’t think the World Congress of Families should be welcome in Utah.  But the group is moving ahead with plans to hold its meeting in Salt Lake City next October.

Erika Munson with Mormons Building Bridges wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, criticizing the World Congress of Families for what she sees as an anti-gay agenda.

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The Utah Supreme Court lifted a stay on adoptions by same sex couples Thursday.  That changes the possibilities for many families, but one Salt Lake City man told KUER  that it doesn’t erase the debt his family has incurred in order to adopt. 

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As same sex marriage once again became legal in Utah yesterday (Monday), state officials and gay couples prepared to accept a new and now permanent change in the law.

When Utahns woke up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday, not to hear marriage appeals from five states, the plaintiffs who challenged Utah’s law were still processing the fact that same-sex was now legal. Kate Call expressed relief that her marriage to her wife Karen Archer probably won’t be legally challenged again.

Whittney Evans

Same-sex marriage is once again legal in the state of Utah. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning it would decline to hear same-sex marriage appeals in five states.

The high court’s refusal to review any of the nation’s gay marriage cases means same-sex couples are free to marry in 11 more states, including Utah. Derek Kitchen is a plaintiff in the case that struck down Utah’s ban. He says families in the 10th circuit, and other states across the country where same-sex marriage bans have fallen, can now plan their lives like every other person in the country.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices will be talking about Utah Monday as it examines a handful of same-sex marriage cases from across the country. But whether the nation’s high court will take up Utah’s case is still unclear.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban in December 2013, making the state’s ban the first to be challenged by a federal judge. In June of this year, the 10th Circuit Court in Denver concurred with Shelby’s decision. Utah and four other states have since asked the Supreme Court to settle these cases once and for all.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that justices will review same sex marriage cases from five states including Utah at a private conference later this month.  It is the first step the court will take in deciding whether or not to consider any of the cases in its upcoming session.  

Whittney Evans

Groups who oppose gay marriage hand delivered more than 18,000 petition signatures to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s office Friday. The aim of the petition is to thank the Governor and Attorney General Sean Reyes for defending Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage.

Former Utah Republican Governor Jon Huntsman restated his support for gay marriage this week, calling it inevitable. And even Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has said, that eventually the law will recognize same sex marriage. 

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The Salt Lake City Prosecutor has charged the 13 gay rights activists arrested at the State Capitol earlier this year with disrupting the legislative process.

The 13 protestors were arrested on February 10 after blocking legislators from entering a committee meeting. KRCL radio host Troy Williams was among those arrested.

“The Capitol 13 collectively pleads not guilty and we are prepared to defend our actions before a jury of our peers.”

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The Utah Attorney General’s Office is asking for more time to file its opening briefs in the case involving same-sex marriage recognition, but the ACLU opposes the extension.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs challenging Utah’s ban on same sex marriage, announced today that they will join the state in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. 

The Utah Attorney General’s office today has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the state’s same-sex marriage battle. The decision comes after the 10th Circuit court of appeals in Denver ruled Utah’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed during a period when they were legal.

With the Supreme Court’s stay, the more than one thousand same-sex couples who got married in December and January will continue waiting to see if they’ll be able to receive the same benefits as other married couples.

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