WATCH: Plaintiffs in landmark Utah marriage case get engaged

This weekend, on Valentine's Day, Derek Kitchen gave his partner Moudi Sbeity a romantic night to remember in their home of Salt Lake City, Utah when he got down on one knee and asked for his hand in marriage.

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Momentum Update: How marriage moved forward this week in purple and red states

It’s hard to keep up with the flurry of activity around marriage, particularly in more conservative states. Here’s what’s going on and what you may have missed.

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Litigation Round-Up: The freedom to marry in the courts in VA, WI, NV, UT and OK

In the six months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA, dozens of same-sex couples in states across the country have joined together to file lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry. Check out updates from 5 of the 22 states with pending litigation:

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Sister of same-sex couple in Utah speaks out on faith, family, and freedom

"It didn't bother me that Dustin was gay," Shana said. "What bothered me was that as far as I knew, if you were gay you weren't going to Heaven. So I saw that Dustin was still who he had always been. I came to that realization: If it's not Heaven without Dustin, then Dustin will be in Heaven. He'll be there."

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Same-sex couples in Utah file lawsuit seeking respect for Utah marriage licenses

On January 21, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of four same-sex couples in Utah who legally married in the state. More than 1,300 same-sex couples married in those weeks, and this lawsuit seeks recognition for these licenses.

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Many marriage states affirm respect for married same-sex couples in Utah

Soon after the federal government's announcement, several other states where same-sex couples can marry - including Washington state, Maryland, and Maine - confirmed that they, too, would honor the couples' marriages.

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New poll in Utah demonstrates increasing support for the freedom to marry

A new poll in Utah indicates that support for the freedom to marry in Utah is higher than ever in the weeks following the December 20 federal court ruling that struck down anti-marriage laws in the state.

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WATCH: 12-year-old in Utah with two moms talks about why marriage matters

Last week at a rally in support of the freedom to marry in Salt Lake City, UT, 12-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer spoke out about why marriage matters to his two mothers, his little brother, and his entire family.

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Federal government will respect marriages of same-sex couples in Utah

Today, the United States Department of Justice announced that the federal government would respect the marriages of the 1,300+ same-sex couples in Utah who have been issued marriage licenses in the state since December 20, 2013.

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Utah places hold on recognition of same-sex couples’ legal marriages

State officials in Utah announced today that state agencies will not respect the marriages of the more than 1,000 same-sex couples who have been granted marriage licenses in the state.

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