LGBT Rights

Boy Scouts of America

Restore Our Humanity, the LGBT human rights group based in Utah has agreed to sponsor a new openly LGBT friendly Boy Scout troop in Salt Lake City. 

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The Utah Attorney General’s office will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a married lesbian couple has the right to put both of their names on their baby’s birth certificate.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – a national gay and transgender rights group - is sponsoring an Inclusive Families Conference in Salt Lake City. Organizers say it's meant to counter a World Congress of Families event scheduled in October.

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.

Judy Fahys / KUER

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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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, arguing that if the high court recognizes same sex marriage as a right it would undermine religious liberty.

The legislature ended at midnight last night, and less than 6 hours later I’m on the road to get out of the state as quickly as possible. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.

To recap the session, here’s a quick list of what the legislature did…and didn’t do.

Judy Fahys

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.

Week six was the most eventful of the legislature thus far, but somehow much of the hotly contested bills still have a ways to go before reaching the Governor’s desk.

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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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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.

It’s the end of week three and we’re basically in the same spot we were at the end of week two.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for new laws to protect gays and lesbians… as long as those measures also protect religious freedom. The move may help the prospects for a statewide nondiscrimination statute in Utah.

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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.

Dan Bammes

  The Days of ’47 parade has once again turned down a request to allow the group Mormons Building Bridges to participate in the annual event on Pioneer Day.

Mormons Building Bridges, which works for inclusion of LGBT people within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wanted to put a classic car in the parade with eight people representing their group.  They were turned down because parade rules specifically bar entries that might be “controversial.”

A day after a federal district court judge ordered the state to recognize same sex marriages that took place in Utah, legal scholars are wondering how another pending gay marriage case may influence an appeal to this latest ruling. 

  

The Utah Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt of several same-sex adoption cases until state justices can determine whether those adoptions are legal.  

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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 10th 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.

Megan Verlee, CPR

Attorneys representing Utah argued before judges in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals today asking them to uphold the state’s law banning gay marriage.  Late year, federal district court judge Robert Shelby overturned Amendment 3 when he ruled on a lawsuit brought by three gay couples.  Utah attorney Gene Schaerr centered the state’s argument around the idea that opposite sex married couples are better parents than same sex couples.  Outside the courthouse in Denver, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes told reporters that the state is trying to defend its societal interest in traditional mar

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.

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.

Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not alone in its arguments against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah.  Other religious groups have signed on to a friend-of-the court brief to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, while another has been filed by Utah state legislators

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.  The case is currently before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The church has been involved in other cases and in political battles involving same-sex marriage in the past.  But a spokesperson said shortly after the U-S Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Robert Shelby’s decision that it probably would not add a formal argument to the case.

A Republican state lawmaker from Tooele County is proposing legislation that would help fund the state’s defense of its law banning gay marriage. 

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.   Nelson says people on both sides of the issue could benefit from his legislation.

Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Jan 16, 2014
Utah Education Network

  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.

Herbert says he was disappointed by federal Judge Robert Shelby’s decision invalidating Utah’s Amendment Three, which bars recognition of same-sex relationships. But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Shelby’s ruling putting gay marriages on hold in Utah.

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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