Governor Endorses Civil Unions

Salt Lake Tribune
February 9, 2009
A spokesperson for Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., said Monday that the governor backs Equality Utah's Common Ground Initiative and also supports civil unions. [Link]

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Wicked’ Composer Won’t Withhold Work from LDS Groups over Prop 8

The Salt Lake Tribune
December 16, 2008
Though he says he found Mormons' extensive support of the Prop. 8 campaign "reprehensible," Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz says he has no plans to withhold the use of his songs from Utah- or Mormon-related singing groups. [Link]

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PFLAG enters Prop 8 fallout fray, seeks LDS Church support

The Salt Lake Tribune
November 17, 2008
While some PFLAG members were discouraged by the Mormon Church, Kathryn Steffensen refused to be. The faithful Latter-day Saint said that while she doesn't think the LDS Church should have moved "into taking away peoples rights that were given by the state and government," she's been heartened by the support of her community and bishop. [Link]

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Church Action Prompts Tourist Boycott of Utah

AP via AOL Travel
November 16, 2008
Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to impact the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay couples' marriages. [Link]

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Gay Leaders in Utah Plan 5-Bill Attack in Legislature

New York Times
November 10, 2008
Leaders of Utah's largest group supporting equal rights for gay people announced a proposal on Monday to increase the rights of same-sex couples in the state, saying they saw a silver lining in the passage last week of Prop 8 in California. (Link)
Learn more about what's going on in Utah.

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LDS Church woos Californians in Utah to back CA anti-marriage initiative

Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2008
During a special satellite broadcast from Salt Lake City tonight to LDS chapels in Utah County as well as in California, LDS authorities are expected to ask Brigham Young University students and other Californians living in Utah to participate in phone trees in support of Proposition 8, which would end marriage equality in California. (Link)
Learn more about California.

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LETTER: Voting for doctrine

The Salt Lake Tribune
July 21, 2008
A church's doctrine should not be imposed on others, and everyone should have as much opportunity to flourish as that society can offer. [Link]

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Dan Savage declares marriage victory in Utah

SLOG
May 29, 2008
A TV station in Utah put a poll up on its website: "Should gay marriages be legalized in Utah?" A majority of the people said "Yes." [Link]

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Gay Families Seek Lifting of Adoption Restrictions

Salt Lake Tribune
January 18, 2008

The community is gearing up for a new political fight in the 2008 legislative session, which begins Monday. The goal: to get adoption restrictions on cohabitating couples, including same-sex couples, lifted. [Link]

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Fired professor stands firm in support of marriage equality

Deseret Morning News
September 12, 2006
Jeffrey Nielsen believes gay people should be allowed to marry and have children more now than he did in June when the stance cost him his job at Brigham Young University. Nielsen said he didn't know any gay men or women when he wrote an opinion piece that appeared June 4 in a Salt Lake newspaper that opposed the anti-gay-marriage position of LDS Church leadership, but now he knows hundreds. [link]

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