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February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

January 18, 2014

Speaking prior to the premiere of documentary 'To Be Takei', the Star Trek actor condemned Gov. Gary Herbert, likening his decision to not recognise same-sex marriages to 'tying to put toothpaste back in the tube'

Actor George Takei has condemned Utah govenor Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state, calling him ‘mean’ for discriminating against over 1,300 married same-sex couples in the state.

Speaking in Salt Lake City, where he is promoting his latest film ‘To Be Takei’ at the Sundance film festival, the Star Trek actor let his feelings for the anti-gay governor of Utah be known.

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

December 28, 2013

All counties in the state are now issuing licenses to same-sex couples

There's a gay marriage boom going on in Utah and only the US Supreme Court can stop it anytime soon.

In the week since a federal judge ruled that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

October 8, 2013

Lawsuit alleges gays were considered too expensive to insure

Just last month, a Home Depot store in Salt Lake City got all kinds of attention when a video of a man proposing to his boyfriend in the lumber section amid a flash mob went viral.

Now the world's larget home improvement retailer is getting attention of a different sort.

A former employee is suing the company for $100,000 alleging he was fired from his job at a San Diego, California, store because he is gay.

September 16, 2013

The former professional football player spoke at a conference this weekend for gay and lesbian Mormons on how faith helped him in football and how he views the LGBT community

Ex-NFL star Steve Young said he views gays and lesbians as his brothers and sisters.

The married father of four spoke this weekend at a presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah, to 400 people in attendance for the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.

According to the Affirmation website, the group serves to support 'LGBT Mormons, their families, and allies by encouraging spirituality, providing information resources, and working for inclusiveness and equality'.

September 13, 2013

Includes choreogaphed dance to Somebody Loves You by Betty Who

Their names are Dustin and Spencer and the moment they became engaged has gone viral.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party.

When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, Somebody Loves You by Betty Who.

Towards the end of the choreography and the music, Dustin's boyfriend Spencer emerged wearing a suit and carrying a ring.

September 13, 2013

Includes choreogaphed dance to Somebody Loves You by Betty Who

Their names are Dustin and Spencer and the moment they became engaged has gone viral.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party.

When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, Somebody Loves You by Betty Who.

Towards the end of the choreography and the music, Dustin's boyfriend Spencer emerged wearing a suit and carrying a ring.

June 3, 2013

400 Mormons marched in yesterday’s Utah Pride Parade and around a dozen boy scouts marched in their uniforms despite being told they were banned from doing so

A group of 400 Mormon allies of the LGBT community was cheered by tens of thousands of spectators at yesterday’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.

Members of the Mormons Building Bridges group marched with placards marked with their family names in line with the group’s 2013 theme of Family Reunion.

One family who marched had four different generations of their family present from great-grandmother down to great-granddaughter.

May 11, 2013

Show focused on gay couple having a baby with surrogate mother

NBC on Friday (10 May) cancelled its gay-themed comedy The New Normal after one season.

Ratings never really took off for the Ryan Murphy-produced show which sometimes had storylines that reflected real life with marriage equality currently a front-burner issue in the US.

December 15, 2012

Utah public radio station profiles new LGBT Mormon choir

Yesterday (14 December), Utah's public radio station, KUER, profiled One Voice Choir. The 15 member group is open to gays, lesbians, and Mormons.

Bryan Horn, the group's musical director, explained why the ensemble was developed.

October 3, 2012

Network says show 'reflective of changing dynamics of the world we live in'

NBC has ordered a full season of its gay-themed comedy The New Normal which has managed to succeed despite protests from the anti-gay group One Million Moms and the refusal of a network affiliate in Salt Lake City to even air the show.

September 4, 2012

KUCW-TV will air the comedy each week before Saturday Night Live

NBC's Utah affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City may have refused to air the comedy The New Normal but rival station KUCW-TV has no problem with the comedy about a gay couple starting a family with the help of a surrogate.

KUCW will air the show on Saturdays at 10 pm ahead of Saturday Night Live, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

September 4, 2012

KUCW-TV will air the comedy each week before Saturday Night Live

NBC's Utah affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City may have refused to air the comedy The New Normal but rival station KUCW-TV has no problem with the comedy about a gay couple starting a family with the help of a surrogate.

KUCW will air the show on Saturdays at 10 pm ahead of Saturday Night Live, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

September 1, 2012

KSL-TV meets with LGBT families but still won't air gay-themed show

NBC's Utah affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City is not backing off its decision not to air the new comedy The New Normal about a gay couple starting a family with the help of a surrogate mother.

So Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center announced Friday (31 August) that they have teamed with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to host a free public screening of the show followed by a panel discussion sometime next month.

September 1, 2012

KSL-TV meets with LGBT families but still won't air gay-themed show

NBC's Utah affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City is not backing off its decision not to air the new comedy The New Normal about a gay couple starting a family with the help of a surrogate mother.

So Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center announced Friday (31 August) that they have teamed with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to host a free public screening of the show followed by a panel discussion sometime next month.

August 17, 2012

Attackers throw burning flares over fence of busy gay nightclub in Utah state capital

Revellers at a gay nightclub in Salt Lake City were attacked with firebombs in the early hours of yesterday morning (16 August).

A crowd of around 40 people were pelted with burning flares while partying outside in the patio area of the Utah state capital's popular nightspot JAM.

One punter, Fernando Noriega, described how he saw three young men flee from the scene after he others jumped the fence to see who was responsible.

July 2, 2012

More than 100 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have held a mass resignation over issues of gay marriage and polygamy

Troubled by issues of polygamy and homophobia, over 100 members of the Mormon Church have resigned in Salt Lake City.

The rally marked the largest display of defiance from members of the Utah based church. The Mormon Church is infamous for its culture of obedience, but the organisers of the rally told the Huffington Post they mean no disrespect to restive Mormons.

June 4, 2012

Mormons Building Bridges came out in their Sunday best and celebrated the LGBT community

Over 300 Mormon allies dropped their bibles and marched in Utah’s Gay Pride parade on Sunday (3 June).

The group Mormons Building Bridges said they wanted to send a message of love to the LGBT community, saying it was compatible with their faith.

It is the first time such a large group has participated in the Salt Lake City event, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.