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Gay Marriage Laws in Utah

Relationship Recognition: Constitutional Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: No

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Gay Marriage News in Utah

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

USA, Utah: Four Gay Couples Ask Judge to Make State Recognize their Marriages

Mar 13th, 2014

Paralleling the marriage equality lawsuit in the state, another case seeks to force the state to extend benefits to married same sex couple sin the interim. On Top Magazine reports:

A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments in a lawsuit seeking to force Utah to recognize the marriages of more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples who exchanged vows during... read_more

USA, Utah: AG Needs More Money for Ban Defense; Churches Weigh In

Feb 11th, 2014

A couple stories out of Utah today - first off, the state's new Attorney General wants more money to defend the state's ban on marriage equality. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office is seeking extra money from lawmakers to help pay for the state's legal fight over same-sex marriage. Reyes is spending up to $300,000... read_more

USA, Utah: Intervention in Marriage Equality Case Rejected

Feb 4th, 2014

The Tenth Circuit denied a request by Roberta Kaplan, one of the lawyers in the DOMA case, to intervene in the Utah marriage equality case. The Washington Blade reports:

In a brief one-page order, Elisabeth Shumaker, clerk of the court, indicates the motion to intervene was denied for Roberta Kaplan, a New York attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &... read_more

USA, Utah: Lawmakers Want to Force Transgender Students to Birth Gender Bathrooms

Feb 1st, 2014

As transgender rights begin to progress across the US, Utah wants to march in the opposite direction. Think Progress reports:

Utah state legislator filed a bill Wednesday that would prevent students from using school bathrooms that were not consistent with their biological "male or female phenotype." By defining gender as the same as sex, it would reject the existence of... read_more

USA, Oklahoma: Marriage Equality Case Expedited At 10th Circuit

Jan 29th, 2014

It looks like the Oklahoma marriage equality case will be heard by the same panel of judges at the 10th Circuit as the Utah case, but not together. Equality on Trial reports:

The court noted that Smith's appeal and the cross-appeal will be considered together and that "the [Oklahoma and Utah] appeals will brief separately and be set for oral... read_more

USA, Utah: Prop 8 Documentary Wins Prize at Sundance

Jan 26th, 2014

Great news out of Utah (what is it with Utah and marriage equality news these days?). Joe.My.God reports:

Yesterday The Case Against 8 won the Best Documentary Direction prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The Case Against 8 / U.S.A. (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) -- A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot... read_more

USA, Utah: Marriage Equality Foes Win Seven Day Extension

Jan 22nd, 2014

Utah won a minor skirmish, getting an extra week to submit briefs in the marriage equality lawsuit. Equality on Trial reports:

...the Tenth Circuit today granted a request filed by the state of Utah seeking a time extension in the expedited briefing schedule that had previously been provided by the appellate court. Originally, the Tenth Circuit had ordered briefing... read_more

USA, Utah: New Poll Says 57% Oppose Marriage Equality

Jan 19th, 2014

A new poll contradicts a poll last week that showed support and opposition to marriage equality in Utah split at 48-48%. Deseret News reports:

The poll found 57 percent of residents oppose same-sex marriage, while 36 percent support it and 6 percent are undecided, according to the survey conducted by longtime pollster Dan Jones & Associates/Cicero Group on Jan. 14-16.... read_more

USA, Utah: Gays Can File Taxes Jointly; ACLU Files Suit to Protect Marriages

Jan 17th, 2014

We have a couple new stories out of Utah this morning. First off, in a surprise move, the state Tax Commission said they will allow married gay and lesbian couples to file their taxes jointly this year. Joe.My.God reports:

Utah same-sex couples legally married in the Beehive State or any other state may file joint state income tax returns, the... read_more

USA, Utah: New Poll Shows Citizens Equally Split on Marriage Equality

Jan 15th, 2014

A new poll commissioned by the Salt Lake Tribune shows a huge increase in marriage equality support in Utah. Pink News reports:

Residents of the US state of Utah are evenly split on whether same-sex marriage should be legal or not, according to a new poll. The Salt Lake Tribune-commissioned poll found that the state was evenly split on same-sex... read_more

USA, Utah: 12-Year-Old Boy Speaks Out For Marriage Equality

Jan 12th, 2014

At a Utah Capitol rally for marriage equality, a 12-year-old boy stood up and spoke out for marriage equality. Towleroad.com reports:

Yesterday there was a marriage equality rally at Utah's capitol in Salt Lake City attended by 1,800 people. A petition containing 58,000 pro-equality signatures was delivered to Governor Herbert's office. But the highlight of the rally may have been... read_more

USA, Utah: Federal Government to Recognize Same Sex Marriages

Jan 11th, 2014

The Obama administration announced yesterday that the federal government would recognize the 1300 same-sex marriages performed in Utah before the Supreme Court issued a stay. The New York Times reports:

The statement also provided a new twist in a fight that has pitted notions of individual equality against the right of states to define marriage as a majority of their... read_more

USA, Utah: County Clerks Can Finish Same-Sex Marriage Paperwork Already in Progress

Jan 10th, 2014

Ending one small part of the uncertainty around the marriage equality lawsuit in Utah, the Attorney General ordered the state's county clerks to finish any paperwork on same-sex marriages that was started before the Supreme Court's stay. Joe.My.God reports:

The stay remains in effect while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay... read_more

USA, Utah: State Won't Recognize Validity of Same Sex Marriages During Appeal

Jan 9th, 2014

In what may be the most unsurprising development yet in Utah's fight over its gay marriage ban, the Governor yesterday announced that the state would not recognize the marriages of the 1300 same-sex couples who wed over the last few weeks. LGBTQ nation reports:

Utah governor Gary Herbert's office late Tuesday instructed state agencies not to recognize the marriages of... read_more

USA, Utah: Attorney General Will Issue an Opinion on Existing Same-Sex Marriages Today

Jan 8th, 2014

More than 1300 same-sex couples married in Utah during the brief window when a judge made it legal. Now we're waiting for the state's Attorney General to weigh in. Joe.My.God reports:

The opinion, which is expected to be presented to Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, will determine if the state provides services to legally wed same-sex couples pending the... read_more

USA, Utah: After Supreme Court Issues Stay, Married Couples in Limbo

Jan 7th, 2014

In the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision to stay same sex weddings in Utah, more than 1,000 couples who married in the last two weeks are in a legal limbo, The New York Times reports:

In a move that cast doubt over the marriages of roughly 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah, the United States Supreme Court on Monday... read_more

USA, Utah: US Supreme Court Blocks Gay Weddings

Jan 6th, 2014

This just in - the state of Utah got its wish, and same sex weddings are now stayed pending further appeals. SDGLN reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to issue a stay requested by the State of Utah to halt same-gender marriages in that state, pending an appeal. The fourth attempt by the State of Utah finally succeeded. The... read_more

Marriage Equality Round-Up 1/6/14

Jan 6th, 2014

Here's our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don't warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn't have time to add. We're able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day - enjoy! Italy: Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to be sensitive to the children of... read_more

USA, Utah: Attorney General Asks US Supreme Court to Halt Gay Weddings

Jan 1st, 2014

The new Attorney General has immediately petitioned the US Supreme Court for a stay on same sex weddings in the state. Pink News reports:

The filing made on Tuesday by the state asks Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn the decision. Justice Sotomayor is responsible for emergency requests from Utah. She has set a deadline of noon on Friday... read_more

USA, Utah: Request to Halt Same Sex Weddings to the Supreme Court Today?

Dec 30th, 2013

It looks like Utah's new Attorney General will likely petition the US Supreme Court to step in and halt the weddings of gay and lesbian couples in the state today. Keen News Service reports:

Utah's new attorney general will be sworn in today and has indicated he hopes to send a request to the U.S. Supreme Court today seeking a... read_more

USA, Utah: GOP to Spend $2 Million for Independent Counsel Fighting Marriage Equality

Dec 29th, 2013

Utah won't go down without a fight in the marriage equality wars. Joe.My.God reports:

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart (R-Duh) says that the state GOP is willing to spend $2M to fight same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court, if necessary.
"We need the best we can get," House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, said after a House GOP leadership meeting Friday with... read_more

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At Purple Unions, we take marriage equality seriously. As a gay couple who have been together since 1992, we know that gay and lesbian couples can and do form long-term, stable, supportive relationships, and we believe the institution of marriage and all the responsabilities and benefits that come with it should be opened up to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. To this end, we created Purple Unions as a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Utah currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage. The state also bans adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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