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)
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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)
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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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Utah governor vetoes anti-gay parenting bill

365Gay.com
March 22, 2006
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has vetoed a bill that would prevent a court from awarding parental rights against the wishes of the biological or adoptive parent, in legislation stemmed from a case that made international headlines in 2004 when a judge awarded visitation rights to the former lesbian partner of the child's birth mother who claims to have turned straight after "getting religion". [link]

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Majority in favor of Rocky’s proposal extending benefits to gays

Deseret News
September 12, 2005

Opponents of equality threaten to file suit under a violation of Utah's marriage ban if Mayor Rocky Anderson's vow to sign a proposal extending health-care benefits to domestic partners in Salt Lake City, UT is fulfilled. Anderson, a leader in the fight for equal rights, has the backing of the majority (54%) of his constituents and is prepared to take the case on in the courts. Utah's marriage ban (Amendment 3) does not prevent the denial of rights to domestic partners, only to those not married. [link]

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