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15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Utah governor signs bill reinstating firing squad option for executions
March 24, 2015
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal injectio....... [more]

Utah lawmakers give final approval to bill allowing executions by firing squad
March 11, 2015
The Utah State Legislature gave final approval to a bill Tuesday that will allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The goal of House Bill 11 is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce....... [more]

Utah lawmakers unveil LGBT anti-discrimination bill
March 5, 2015
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti-discrimi....... [more]

Utah lawmakers approve bill allowing execution by firing squad
February 16, 2015
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was sp....... [more]

Utah parade insurance requirement deemed unconstitutional
December 28, 2014
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published a decision on Monday declaring that Utah's requirement of a USD $1 million insurance policy for demonstrations violates the First Amendment of the constitution. The case was brought by two Salt Lake City environmental organizations that sought to have a p....... [more]

Utah reaches settlement over immigration law
November 26, 2014
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

Federal judge partially strikes down Utah polygamy law
August 28, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was threatened....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Utah same-sex marriage recognition
July 19, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah pending final disposition of the appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Last week the appeals court denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of the marriages, and Utah A....... [more]




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