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Plaintiffs in Legal Challenge to Utah's Gay Marriage Ban Get Engaged: VIDEO


Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the legal challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage which is now before the 10th Circuit, got engaged over the weekend at the Equality Ball held at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City.

Watch the charming moment, AFTER THE JUMP...


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75 Couples Still In Line To Get A Marriage License In Salt Lake City

As Alex Cabrero from KSL news reports, there are still 75 couples in line to receive marriage licenses in Salt Lake City today. However, a cut-off has already been imposed. Sheriff's have arrived to demarcate the cut-off point as people continue to arrive despite the fact that the clerks office closed at 5. 

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Same-Sex Couples Wait In Long Lines To Wed In Salt Lake City


According to reports on Twitter and Facebook, the line is out the door for same-sex couples in Salt Lake City, Utah to officially marry and receive marriage licenses in the wake of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that Utah's Amendment 3, the provision that banned gay marriage, violated the United States Constitution. Undoubtedly an emotional day for many in the Beehive state.


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(Photos via Facebook and Twitter.)

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Boy Scout Leaders Reprimanded For Marching In Utah Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO


Two Boy Scout leaders have been chastised by officials from the organization and told to sign an apology letter for marching with several uniformed Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City two weeks ago. The two leaders, Peter Brownstein and Neil Whitaker marched in the June 2 parade to celebrate the organization's historic vote last month to allow gay youths. Officials with the Boy Scouts of America's Great Salt Lake Council, however, say Brownstein and Whitaker violated the organization's policy prohibiting the use of Scouting to promote a "political agenda."

The two men were told to sign a letter of apology for "violation of BSA policies and disobedience," but have refused, saying they were not advancing a "political" agenda but celebrating a "cultural" event.

"We weren't rallying for a politician or political event," Whitaker said. "To me, it was being supportive of my fellow human beings."

Current BSA policy states "no person, youth, or adult may use Scouting to promote sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda." Scouts and Scout leaders are permitted to participate in pride parades as supportive citizens but not as uniformed members of the BSA.

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Boy Scouts Wear Uniforms In Utah Pride Parade: Video


Yesterday, Salt Lake City's local Boy Scouts chapter, the Great Salt Lake Council, asked Scouts who planned to march in uniform during today's Utah Pride Parade to refrain from doing so. Several Scouts ignored the request and marched in this afternoon's parade wearing their Scout uniforms anyway.

Some of those Scouts explained the importance of marching in the parade to NBC News:

Scouts"It just feels like the right thing to do," Kenji Mikesell, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout and high school senior still active with his troop, said before leaving for the parade in Salt Lake City.

"It's kind of a way of saying we want you here,” added Mikesell, who marched with Mormons Building Bridges and whose troop is chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Scouting has been a very positive influence in my life, and I'd like to see more people take advantage of it now that the ban has been lifted.”

Peter Brownstein, a Scoutmaster who helped organize the Boy Scouts participation in the march, said a few adults and youth marched at the front of the parade in uniform, including a Cub Scout, an Asst. Scoutmaster, and a father and son team.

According to Fox13 News, The Great Salt Lake Council has stated that Scouts who marched in today's event will not lose their membership.

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Gay Club Hit By 'Flaming Projectiles' In Salt Lake City

ClubJamThe group gathered at Club JAM in Salt Lake City early Thursday morning were shocked and awed when they were suddenly "bombarded" by "flaming projectiles," the local ABC News affiliate reports.

According to witnesses, about 30 or 40 people were together in an outdoor area when someone lobbed a flaming object over the fence.

"All the sudden we saw something bright, I thought they were fireworks on the floor," said one of the club's patrons, Fernando Noriega. It wasn't a firework, and it wasn't alone.

The crowd quickly realized [it wasn't a firework] when several more flaming projectiles went flying through the crowd.
While some people put out the flames Fernando and a couple of others jumped over the fence to find those responsible. Noriega said, "As soon as they saw us and we shouted at them they just went screeching down Beck Street."

Fernando was able to get a good description of the three young men and the car they were driving…

Noriega insists the unidentified perpetrators had to have known there were people on the patio. "You can hear the people; see the people so you know there are people in there. It was definitely malicious. They definitely knew what they were doing," he said.

Police are now searching for the suspects, all of whom are described as white, in their late teens or early 20s and with blond, shaggy hair, which really doesn't narrow it down very much.


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