Utah’s Victory and Struggles on Marriage Equality


Marriage equality became legal on December 20, 2013. It was the result of a ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. However, The United States Supreme Court stayed the ruling on January 6, 2014, while the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver considered the case.

On July 9, a federal judge in Colorado concluded that gay and lesbian couples do indeed have a constitutional right to wed. Same-sex marriages that were performed in the state are recognized by the federal government, but a ruling requiring the state of Utah to recognize such marriages was stayed by the United States Supreme Court on July 18, 2014.

On June 25, 2014, the Tenth Circuit upheld the lower court ruling, a decision that sets a precedent for every state within the circuit. However, the Tenth Circuit stayed this ruling.

A Salt Lake Tribune poll taken by SurveyUSA from January 10–13, 2014 found that Utah residents are now split on whether same-sex couples in Utah should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses — 48% for and 48% against, while 4% were uncertain. The question was “Should same-sex couples in Utah be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses?”

However, organizations as “Utah Marriage Equality” are working towards marriage equality. They “promote acceptance and full equality for the LGBTQ community through education and increased visibility within our state” for that purpose.

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