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5:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal

LGBT Advocate Kate Kendell
Judy Fahys

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.

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LGBT Rights
3:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Marriage Controversy Could Upstage Anti-Discrimination Bill

The group Mormons Building Bridges came to prominence during the Utah Pride Parade in 2012
Utah Pride Center

 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.  But one opponent of the bill thinks the recent controversy over gay marriage could get in the way.

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LGBT Rights
3:59 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages

A group of same-sex couples that were married in Utah rally at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

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. 

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LGBT Rights
2:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Directs State Agencies to Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert’s office is directing state agencies to no longer recognize same-sex marriages. Herbert’s Chief of Staff Derek Miller sent out the directive in an email to members of the cabinet. He says based on the stay issued by the U.S.

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LGBT Rights
1:58 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s law banning same-sex marriage.  The stay effectively stops county clerks from issuing any more marriage licenses to gay couples for now.

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LGBT Rights
5:12 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Group Aimed at Helping Mormons Overcome Homosexual Behavior Shuts Down

North Star International is now the largest single faith-based ministry organization for Latter- day Saints who experience same-sex attraction.

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 North Star International. The merger makes North Star the biggest group in the world that deals with LDS teachings and same-sex attraction.

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LGBT Rights
3:37 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Gay Couples Ask Supreme Court Not to Halt Same Sex Marriages

Attorneys representing three same sex couples in Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court today not to grant the state’s request to stop gay marriages. 

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LGBT Rights
4:39 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Attorney General Asks Supreme Court to Stop Gay Marriage

The Utah Attorney General’s office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a ruling that allows gay marriage in the state.  A decision on the stay could be delivered by the end of this week. 

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LGBT Rights
7:02 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Law Expert: Stay on Marriage Equality Ruling Unlikely

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.  KUER’s Whittney Evans has more. 

University of Virginia constitutional law professor Carl Tobias doesn’t think the Supreme Court will grant a stay in the Utah case.  It’s already been turned down by the judge who issued the ruling and by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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LGBT Rights
12:18 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Gay Marriage Stay Request

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Denver

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.

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LGBT Rights
12:57 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Petition Calls On Herbert to Let Gay Marriage Ruling Stand

Thirty-eight thousand people have signed an online petition supporting Friday’s court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah.

Tim Wagner says he initiated the petition called “Let it Stand, Governor” after Utah Governor Gary Herbert referred to U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby as an “activist judge” for declaring the state’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional and directed the Attorney General’s office to request a stay of the ruling. He says he wants to show Governor Herbert that there is a tremendous amount of support for the ruling.

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LGBT Rights
5:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Judge Denies Request to Stay Gay Marriage Ruling

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.

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.

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.

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LGBT Rights
1:10 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Federal Judge Will Consider Utah's Request for a Stay in Gay Marriage Ruling

Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen were among the plaintiffs in the suit challenging Utah's law prohibiting same-sex marriage. In this photo, they're celebrating the U.S Supreme Court decision invalidating parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Andrea Smardon

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby will consider a request from Utah to stop gay weddings that been happening since Friday afternoon last week.  It was on that day that Shelby issued a ruling striking down Amendment 3, Utah’s law banning same sex marriage in the state. He ruled that the law violates the rights of gay and lesbian couples  under the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On Sunday a federal appeals court rejected the state’s emergency request to stay the decision.

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LGBT Rights
4:03 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Federal Court Strikes Down Utah Ban on Same Sex Marriage

Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen were among the plaintiffs in the suit challenging Utah's law prohibiting same-sex marriage. In this photo, they're celebrating the U.S Supreme Court decision invalidating parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Andrea Smardon

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby issued a decision Friday  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.

The case was brought last year by three same-sex couples.  Two couples were denied marriage licenses by the Salt Lake County Clerk.  One couple was legally married in Iowa and want to have their marriage recognized by the state of Utah, where they live.

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LGBT Rights
4:07 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Box Elder Approves LGBT Student Club

Students at Box Elder High School can officially organize an LGBT support group on campus—as soon as district officials approve a name. 

Box Elder Superintendent Ron Wolff reviewed the student application on Wednesday. He said it met all of the requirements outlined in state law. But the name Gay Straight Alliance is ruffling feathers.

“There are some issues in the community," Wolff says. "But as far as a lot of people coming to me taking issue, that has not happened.”

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LGBT Rights
1:58 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

BYU Student Wins National Award for LGBT Suicide Prevention

BYU senior Adam White

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 TrevorLIVE include Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, and Queen Latifah.

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LGBT Rights
4:18 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Utah Pride Center Looks to Future After Valerie Larabee's Resignation

Former Utah Pride Center Exectutive Director Valerie Larabee (KUER file photo)
Andrea Smardon

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. 

Valerie Larabee says she’s still coming to terms with decision to leave the Utah Pride Center.

“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.

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LGBT Rights
2:32 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gay Marriage Tax Rule Will Make Life Difficult for Accountants

Last week, the Utah Tax Commission announced that legally married gay couples who live in Utah will still have to file their state taxes separately, even though they can file joint returns on their federal taxes. 

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LGBT Rights
1:46 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Wikimedia Commons

  A case before a federal court challenges the constitutionality of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages.  And a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union says this could be the one that helps decide the issue for the whole country. 

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LGBT Rights
5:55 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Utah Has Right to Regulate Marriage says Attorney General

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.  

Three couples filed the Utah complaint in federal court just before the U-S Supreme Court  heard oral arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his office responded with an answer to the complaint this week.  Swallow says that the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA reinforces state’s rights to define marriage.

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LGBT Rights
4:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Human Rights Campaign President says Utah will have Marriage Equality within 5 Years

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin at the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its rulings for two major gay marriage cases, the Human Rights Campaign 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.

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LGBT Rights
1:44 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Groups Celebrate Federal Gay Marriage Ruling

Supporters of marriage equality celebrated at Club Sound in Salt Lake City after Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions
Whittney Evans

    

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.

At Club Sound, music blared, confetti fell and people of all ages took to the dance floor to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage act.

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LGBT Rights
5:10 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

What the Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage Mean for Utah

Utah Pride Center Executive Director Valerie Larabee
Andrea Smardon

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.

Leaders of the Utah Pride Center started their press conference by passing around a box of tissues. Executive Director Valerie Larabee took to the podium with puffy red eyes, calling the Supreme Court decision a pivotal moment.

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LGBT Rights
11:18 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Local Scout Leader Scolded for Organizing Color Guard in Utah Pride Parade

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. 

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