- March 18, 2014
Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director
Today, advocates in Utah launched Utah Unites for Marriage, a grassroots public education campaign to win marriage equality in the Beehive State. The campaign is formed to build support for marriage equality in Utah and the efforts of a high-profile court case on marriage advancing rapidly through the judicial system.
Utah Unites is a campaign to share stories and foster conversation – showing that every gay and lesbian person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and respect. It’s is a public discussion about freedom and liberty.
HRC is a proud founding member of the coalition, providing invaluable resources, staff and volunteers to the efforts. You may recall, in late 2013, Utah federal district court judge, Robert Shelby, struck down Amendment 3 of the state's constitution, which banned marriage between same-sex couples. For less than one week, same-sex couples all over Utah were able to marry. The 10th circuit court finally stayed the decision and is scheduled to hear oral argument on April 10, 2014 in Denver.
Along with HRC, Utah Unites was founded by the ACLU of Utah, Equality Utah, Freedom to Marry, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Utah Pride Center with the support and leadership of countless local leaders, businesses, clergy and community organizations. Visit Utah Unites for Marriage for more information or to get involved.