Utah

  • Officer Who Refused to Work Pride Parade Resigns

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned.

  • Preview: Utah Marriage Case Before Tenth Circuit Court

    The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution.

  • Religious Leader’s Comments Concern Transgender Community

    Utah’s Elder Dallin Oaks said during a meeting with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders that one’s gender is their sex determined at birth.

  • Report: Gay Marriage Would Bring $15M To Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Legalizing gay marriage in Utah would generate an estimated $15.5 million for the state’s economy in the first three years, a new report from a California-based think tank shows.

  • Report: Substitute Teacher Fired for Berating Child on Dads

    (EDGE) Officials say a substitute teacher in Utah has been fired after berating a fifth-grade student who said he was thankful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a former dancer on "Dancing with the Stars."

  • Rosie O'Donnell's Missing Daughter Found

    NEW YORK -- Hours after it was publicly revealed that Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter had been missing for a week, she was found by police safe in a New Jersey home on Tuesday.

  • Ruling Pushes Gay Marriage Closer To Supreme Court

    DENVER (AP) — The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided — do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage?

  • Salt Lake City Elects First Openly Gay Mayor Amid Setbacks

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski on Tuesday became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, the capital of the conservative state where the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setbacks last week to the LGBT community.

  • Salt Lake City Mayoral Candidates Square Off In Debate

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and challenger Jackie Biskupski squared off in a debate Thursday that covered issues ranging from the renovation of the airport to police dealings with the homeless.

  • Same-Sex Couples Want State To Pay Attorney Fees

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four married same-sex couples who sued Utah for not granting them benefits are asking the court to make the state pay nearly $200,000 in attorney fees.

  • Scouts Ban on Advocacy Could Hurt Group's Bid for Troop

    The Boy Scouts of America announced revised rules this week to emphasize a duty to God and ban political advocacy, leaving a Utah organizer who applied for a troop with gay leaders wondering if applications like his are targeted.

  • Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage on Hold in Utah

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.

  • Take That Utah: Feds To Recognize Gay Marriage

    LGBT legal activists applauded an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday that the federal government will recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court put a stay on enforcement of the district court decision that allowed those couples to marry.

  • Tenth Circuit Agrees Utah Ban Unconstitutional

    Saying that it “emphatically agrees” with numerous court decisions in the past year that have struck down bans on same-sex couples marrying, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2 to 1 Wednesday to uphold a lower court decision striking down Utah’s ban Wednesday as unconstitutional. The majority said “it is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of the love and commitment betweensame-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sexcouples.”

  • Unofficial Results Show Utah's Capital Voted In Its First Gay Mayor

    SALT LAKE CITY - It may not be official for two weeks, but election results so far indicate Salt Lake City, the capital of conservative Utah, is poised to narrowly elect its first openly gay mayor in what would mark another milestone for an LGBT movement that has made major strides in a state with a long history of hostility to gays and lesbians.

  • UPDATE: Justice Sonia Sotomayor Ponders Utah Gay Marriage Case

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is pondering whether to grant a stay of a federal district court’s order that the state of Utah stop enforcing its ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

  • US Sides With Same-Sex Couples in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Gay couples in Utah have experienced a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks: They were suddenly allowed to marry, then saw the weddings stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court and were told the state wouldn't recognize the unions.

  • US Supreme Court Grants Utah Stay

    The full U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay on a district court decision that has allowed same-sex couples to marry there since December 20.

  • UT Gay Marriage Advocate Group Includes Former DA

    Brett Tolman

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah is heading up a new group advocating for gay marriage in the state.

  • UT Senator: Gay Marriage Will Become Law Of The Land

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - 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.