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July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 13, 2014

'I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination'

If a US state's gay marriage ban is argued in front of the Supreme Court, Attorney General Eric Holder promises the Department of Justice will file a friend of the court brief asking for the prohibition to be removed.

Holder was a guest today, 13 July,  on the ABC News show This Week.

July 12, 2014

The  three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit of Appeals gave the state until 21 July to take its case to the US Supreme Court

Late yesterday, 11 July, a three-judge panel ordered Utah to recognize the marriages of approximately 1,300 LGBTI couples.

This past December District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled the state's gay marriage law violated the US Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

After the ruling, for 17 days, same-sex couples married in Utah. The ceremonies were halted when the state appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 11, 2014

Denver has joined Boulder to become the second Colorado county to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – marrying its first 17 gay and lesbian couples yesterday

Denver County in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of yesterday, joining Boulder County in doing so.

Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on 25 June after its county clerk decided a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals verdict against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage would also apply to Colorado as it also falls under the 10th Circuit.

July 9, 2014

State is bypassing entire 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals for 'clarity and resolution'

Utah wants the US Supreme Court to decide whether or not same-sex couples can get married in the state.

The state attorney general's office announced today in the coming weeks, it will be filing an appeal with the nation's highest court to challenge a federal judge's finding that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

By choosing to appeal straight to the Supreme Court, Utah is bypassing having the ruling be reviewed by the entire 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. A three-judge panel from that court upheld a federal judge's initial ruling.

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

June 25, 2014

But same-sex marriages put on hold pending a final appeal to the US Supreme Court

An appeals court has struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling has been stayed pending an appeal to the US Supreme Court which means marriages cannot yet resume in the state.

The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit marks the first federal appellate court ruling in a same-sex marriage case since the US Supreme Court ruled last June that the federal government must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

May 29, 2014

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on'

A same-sex marriage opponent thinks it's time his side understands the battle is lost.

US Senator Orrin Hatch was a guest today, 28 May, on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show.

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,' Hatch said, according to the Human Rights Campaign blog.

May 23, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.

May 23, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.

May 19, 2014

Governor Gary Herbert had said the unions were 'on hold' and eligible for state benefits

A federal judge ruled Monday (19 May) that the state of Utah must legally recognize the more than 1,200 same-sex marriages that took place in late December and early January.

The marriages took place during a 17 day period which began when a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage and ended when the US Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages while the case in being appealed.

US District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled that the marriages already performed cannot be made illegal after the fact.

May 19, 2014

'The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the (health) department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child'

The US state of Utah's Supreme Court has called for a temporary halt of birth certificates for same-sex parental adoption.

According to the Associated Press the stay, issued on 16 May, 'appears to apply to a district judge's order requiring Attorney General Sean Reyes and two top health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.'

April 29, 2014

According to the Latter Day Saints, you are either 'struggling with your same-sex attraction' or 'not struggling'

Being gay is not an option for young Mormons in a new survey on sexual orientation and marriage.

This past week, the Latter Day Saints Church has been surveying Mormon ‘millennials’ on their views.

But even though it is about sexuality, the survey does not give young believers a chance to identify as gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The survey was sent to students by email at Brigham Young University, in Utah, and to members who attend a Young Single Adult Mormon congregation.

April 24, 2014

The 2014 Pink Dot concert will be the highlight of Singapore’s LGBTI pride Pink Dot festival on 28 June

Singapore’s Hong Lim Park will once again play host to a range of local performing artists, comedians and musicians at the 2014 Pink Dot Concert, held as part of Pink Dot 2014.

The Pink Dot LGBTI pride festival is an annual event held in Singapore since 2009 and has spawned sister events in Anchorage, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, New York, Okinawa, Taipei and Utah.

The 2014 concert line-up features an eclectic mix of acts from across the entertainment spectrum.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, a gay dad of two tells his 11-year-old sons how they have made him into a superhero

The other day, my friend John linked me onto a tweet from a gentleman in Utah. The man was Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mero’s organization had just submitted an amicus brief in the pending same-sex marriage case in Utah, one of which, he is very proud. ‘A brilliant articulation of the state interest in marriage. Can’t wait for the plaintiffs’ non-response,’ were his exact words.