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Utah currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage, but a marriage equality lawsuit is working its way through the courts. The state also bans adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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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

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

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

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