DC Marriage Equality Safe

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, as the Senate considered a slew of Republican amendments to the House’s health care reconciliation “fixes,” Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) had his anti-LGBT amendment considered. The amendment would have postponed the Freedom to Marry in the District until a popular vote on the matter could be held.

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Utah Senator again tries to block D.C. Freedom to Marry

The District's new marriage equality law could become entangled, at least briefly, in the U.S. Senate debate over changes to the health care reform act that President Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment that would suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the issue can be put before voters.

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DC Weddings continue, despite Congressional Scare

U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) has backed off pushing an amendment aimed at overturning D.C.’s freedom to marry law — most likely because his Republican colleagues joined Senate Democrats in opposing his plan to attach it to an aviation bill, according to Capitol Hill insiders.

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Utah Senator challenges District’s freedom to marry law

The Washington Post
February 4, 2010
Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced legislation that would require Washington, D.C. to put marriage equality up for a vote by residents. The legislation is similar to that introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in the House. [Link]

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Increased support for LGBT equality in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune
January 30, 2010

A new Salt Lake Tribune poll says that support for LGBT equality increased by 11 percent over the past year among Utah residents, and 10 percent among Mormons. Poll respondent Jania Evans, a 69-year-old Mormon who lives in Draper, says knowing people who are gay has changed her opinions over time. [Link]

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz Fighting Freedom to Marry in D.C.

Deseret News
January 27, 2010

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah) introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overturn the marriage equality law that was passed by the Washington, D.C. city council, but Democratic leaders will likely not allow it to come to a vote due to the discriminatory nature of banning the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Proposition 8 Documented

CNN: CNN Newsroom
January 23, 2010

Brooke Anderson interviews Dustin Lance Black, Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet about 8: The Mormon Proposition, the film about the Mormon Church's involvement in the passage of Proposition 8. [Link]

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New Utah State Senator Comments on Aim to Extend Benefits to Gay Couples

KSL.com (Utah)
January 22, 2010

New Utah state Sen. Ben McAdams is aiming to extend legal protections for gay and lesbian couples who wish to bring a lawsuit in the case of a wrongful death. McAdams: "We need to recognize these families and provide some support and some benefit for them." [Link]

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz and Family Differ on Marriage Equality

Deseret News (UT)
December 21, 2009
LGBT advocates are "flabbergasted" that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is leading a charge to block marriage equality in D.C., since his family has some close gay and progressive ties. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Fight Returns to Utah

Salt Lake Tribune
December 4, 2009
The debate over marriage equality -- and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' role in passing California's anti-gay Proposition 8 -- is coming back to Utah. "We're bringing the pain of this home," said Reed Cowan, who directed "8: The Mormon Proposition," which will have its world premiere next month in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. [Link]

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