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September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

August 29, 2014

They file official request for high court review a day after plaintiffs in Virginia case do the same

It seems likely that the US Supreme Court will take on a gay marriage case next year but the question is which case will be the one to settle the issue once and for all.

Plaintiffs in a Utah case made clear on Thursday (28 August) that they want their lawsuit to be heard by the high court by officially filing a brief making that request.

The three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case.

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

August 6, 2014

Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage will be decided by the US Supreme Court in only the second gay marriage case to be brought before it and the court could potentially decide the issue for all of America

The Utah state government has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear an appeal to a ruling striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case that could potentially settle the issue once and for all.

The US Supreme Court has not heard a case involving same-sex marriage since it struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court could have ruled that same-sex marriage was legal throughout all 50 states in the California case but declined to do so. However this Utah case now gives it another opportunity.

August 1, 2014

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts high court will not duck marriage equality once a case is properly before the court

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts that the nation's high court will hear a same-sex marriage case by June 2016 if not next year.

Since the court, in a 5-4 decision in June 2013, gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal courts have struck down gay marriage bans in several states.

Cases on appeal in such states as Utah, Indiana or Virginia could be one of those selected by the court for a landmark ruling.

July 31, 2014

Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality

A writer is speaking out about being fired for writing an article about homophones after his boss thought it could be linked to homosexuals.

Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.

His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

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.