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Universal Heart Ministry - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Universal Heart Ministry
PO Box 65974, Salt Lake City, UT, 84165, USA

Phone: 1 801 577-0542
Contact: Christopher T. Scuderi

Serving: Utah
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Gay Wedding Officiants in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Having been an active ally and advocate for the GLBT community for over 20 years, Rev. Christopher is genuinely honored to create and perform the wedding ceremony you've always dreamed of and one which truly reflects your non-religious, religious or uniquely spiritual selves and the profound love you share with one another. Ceremonies are custom written and personalized. We provide five star quality service without the five star price tag and will travel anywhere.
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As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Marriage equality arrived in Utah on October 6th, 2014, when the US Supreme Court refused tohear the state's marriage equality case.

A couple weeks later, on October 23rd, the state Supreme Court dropped a hold on same sex adoptions, too,

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Gay Marriage Laws in Utah

Relationship Recognition: Full Marriage Equality
Out of State Recognition: Yes
Adoption: Yes

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Utah Supremes Lift Hold on Same Sex Adoptions

Oct 24th, 2014

Same sex couples can now adopt in the state of Utah. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples. The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed that... read_more

Marriage Equality Updates: Utah

Oct 6th, 2014

We're running down some of the updates in the aftermath of the shocking Supreme Court decision to turn down all the pending marriage equality cases. Next, Utah: Utah was one of the five states with a case before the Court, so time's up. Gay and lesbian couples are now marrying once again in the state. Pink News reports:

Same-sex couples have resumed marrying... read_more

49% in Utah Support Marriage Equality

Sep 29th, 2014

Marriage equality support in Utah has risen to record levels: On Top Magazine reports:

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they should be allowed, while 48 percent said they remain opposed. Majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (51%) support marriage equality, as do 29 percent of Republicans. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said same-sex marriage would not affect their families. Ninety-four percent... read_more

Which Marriage Equality Case Will the Supreme Court Take (If Any)?

Aug 23rd, 2014

This past month, lawyers from Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider reviewing three federal appellate court decisions that struck down the states' respective bans on same-sex marriage. If the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the cases, then the appellate courts' decisions will stand, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in the states that fall within the... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Poll: 61% Opposed

Aug 18th, 2014

A new Utah marriage equality poll shows pretty much what you'd expect - almost two-thirds are opposed to it. UtahPolicy.com reports:

A new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Cicero Group, shows that 61 percent of Utahns oppose same sex marriage; only 29 percent support it. And by far most "very active" Mormons oppose same sex marriage (88... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Case First to Be Appealed to Supreme Court

Aug 6th, 2014

The Utah marriage equality case was the first in the nation to be officially appealed to the US Supreme Court yesterday. The Washington Blade reports:

On Tuesday, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court asking justices to overturn lower court decisions striking down the state's ban on gay nuptials. In a statement, Reyes... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Advanced By 10th Circuit Ruling

Jul 12th, 2014

The Tenth Circuit just ruled in favor of granting benefits to same sex couples married after the state's ban was struck down. LGBTQ Nation reports:

More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days after a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court. Five... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Case to Be Appealed to Supreme Court

Jul 10th, 2014

Attorney General Sean Reyes announced that he will appeal the Utah marriage equality case directly to the US Supreme Court, skipping an en-banc hearing at the 10th Circuit. ABC reports:

Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Updates 6/26/14

Jun 26th, 2014

There's a lot happening in the Utah marriage equality case, too, after the Tenth Circuit upheld the ruling striking down the state's ban. First off, the ruling was stayed, so no weddings in the near future in Utah. US news reports:

The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower-court ruling that struck down Utah's gay... read_more

Utah Marriage Equality Ban Struck Down By Tenth Circuit

Jun 25th, 2014

Utah MapIt's shaping up to be a big marriage equality day - the tenth circuit just upheld the decision against the Utah marriage equality ban. Equality on Trial reports:

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the district court's ruling that Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. From... read_more

Utah Appealing Marriage Recognition Decision

Jun 5th, 2014

Never one to give up without a fight, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes appealed the decision saying the government had to recognize the weddings of same sex couples married in the brief window of legality. LGBTQ nation reports:

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, filed the appeal Wednesday, sending the... read_more

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Says US Marriage Equality Inevitable

May 29th, 2014

A conservative US Senate Republican thinks that US marriage equality is now all but inevitable. The Huffington Post reports:

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it's only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn't think that's the right way to go. Hatch said people who can't see what's happening aren't living... read_more

USA, Utah: Judge Orders State to Recognize Existing Same Sex Marriages

May 19th, 2014

A federal judge ordered the state to immediately recognize the 1,300 same sex couples who married in the brief window. The Washington Blade reports:

The state of Utah must recognize the estimated 1,300 same-sex marriages performed within the state as legally valid, a federal judge ruled Monday. In the case of Evans v. Utah, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball issued... read_more

USA, Utah: New Ad Released for Marriage Equality

May 9th, 2014

Freedom to Marry and Utah United for Marriage just released a new ad featuring straight parents and their gay son. On Top Magazine reports:

In the 30-second commercial, Drs. Wendy Matis and Dale Smith of Millcreek, who are celebrating 25 years of marriage, speak about their desire for their two children to marry, including son Sean, who is gay. "We... read_more

USA, Utah: Anti Gay Senator Orrin Hatch: Gay Marriage Will Win

Apr 19th, 2014

US Senator Orrin Hatch, a Mormon and opponent of marriage equality, thinks the Supreme Court will ultimately support it. On Top Magazine reports:

On Thursday, Hatch told Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV that "many feel that once it gets to the Supreme Court, they'll find an equal protection or due process situation that would allow gay marriage in every... read_more

USA, Utah: Could Marriage Equality Case Be Dismissed Over Standing Issues?

Apr 19th, 2014

After worries surfaced that the Oklahoma marriage equality lawsuit at the Tenth Circuit could be dismissed, similar worries have come up over the Utah lawsuit, also at the Tenth Circuit. Towleroad.com reports:

Questions have being raised about standing in the 10th Circuit appeal of Kitchen v. Herbert, the ruling striking down Utah's ban on gay marriage, and some believe the... read_more

USA, Utah: Judges Appear Divided in Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Apr 10th, 2014

The Utah marriage equality hearing is over at the Tenth Circuit. The three-judge panel appears sharply divided. Edge Boston reports: A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided as they questioned attorneys Thursday at a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

One of the judges, Carlos F. Lucero, compared the state's argument... read_more

USA, Utah: Tenth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Apr 10th, 2014

Today is the day the first of the new marriage equality lawsuits reaches a district court. Ari Ezra Waldman has a few things to look for at today's hearing: 1. Will the court issue a ruling as broad as Judge Shelby's or limit it in some way? 2. What, if anything, does the court say about the required level of scrutiny... read_more

USA, Utah: 10th Circuit to Hear Utah Marriage Equality Case Tomorrow

Apr 9th, 2014

The Utah marriage equality lawsuit winding its way through the courts hits the appeals level tomorrow. The Dallas Voice reports:

The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday in the Utah same-sex marriage case Herbert v. Kitchen. By order of the court, there will be no audio or video recording, broadcasting, photography, blogging, tweeting, emailing or any other broadcast... read_more

USA, Utah: Marriage Equality Ads to Air in State

Apr 8th, 2014

Utah United for Marriage is airing ads this week for marriage equality in the state. The Advocate reports:

The ads are set to begin airing Tuesday, with one featuring a large Mormon family and another starring former TV news anchor Terry Wood. Wood says he's happy to lend his voice to the movement, as it gives him an opportunity to... read_more

Join Marriage Equality USA's Community Call to Discuss Utah Hearing

Apr 7th, 2014

Please mark your calendars now to join Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held on the evening of April 10 to discuss the day's events surrounding the Utah marriage equality case. TIME: 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM CT/7:30 PM MT/6:30 PM PT Sign up now to receive the call in information! On April 10, 2014,... read_more

USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Arguments at the Tenth Circuit This Month

Apr 3rd, 2014

The Tenth Circuit is due to hear two of the more than 50 marriage equality lawsuits that have popped up around the country recently. The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is set to hear oral arguments on April 10 in Denver in the case of Kitchen v. Herbert, the lawsuit that brought marriage... read_more

USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Tenth Circuit Panel Announced for Marriage Equality Cases

Mar 31st, 2014

The judges who will hear the two marriage equality cases about to come before the tenth circuit were announced today. Equality on Trial reports:

The Tenth Circuit has announced the three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban. The three judges will be Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., an appointee... read_more

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