Gay Utah couple among victims of Las Vegas shooting

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A Utah gay couple attending the country music festival in Las Vegas where the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place was among the victims of the tragedy, according to a local media report in Salt Lake City.

Cameron Robinson, a 28-year-old Cedar City, Utah, resident who worked in Las Vegas, was among the 59 people killed in the attack, CBS affiliate KUTV reported. His sister, Meghan Ervin, is quoted as saying Robinson was struck in the neck during the shooting.

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Mormon leader reaffirms faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference — and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised in families led by a married man and woman no matter what becomes the norm in a “declining world.”

The speech by Dallin H. Oaks, a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, followed a push in recent years by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to uphold theological opposition to gay marriage amid widespread social acceptance while trying to foster an empathetic stance toward LGBT people.

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Sentencing begins for Utah man convicted in husband’s arson death

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah judge is hearing arguments on whether a man going to prison in the death of his restaurateur-husband should have a chance at parole one day.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a friend testified Tuesday that Craig Crawford grew increasingly delusional in the years before he set a house fire that killed his husband John Williams, a well-known LGBT pioneer in Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City mayor’s post-Pulse security costs raising questions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – More than a year has passed since Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski was appointed two personal bodyguards in wake of the massacre at Pulse in Orlando.

The Deseret News reported July 28 some City Council members think it may be time to evaluate the cost of the security detail and whether it’s necessary.

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Salt Lake City woman charged with murder in partner’s death

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sue-mary-hickmanSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A 53-year-old woman has been charged with murder after authorities say she acknowledged shooting her partner earlier this month at the Salt Lake City home they shared.

The Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office charged Sue Mary Hickman Dec. 30 with one count of homicide.

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Spurred by election results, LGBT support campaign launched

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Pride Center is launching a campaign to show support for the state’s LGBT community in wake of the presidential election.

The organization said in a news release Monday that it will distribute 25,000 wristbands as part of a campaign called, “We see you and we love you.” The wristbands will include how to help people struggling with their identity.

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Mormons preach love for LGBT members, but no doctrinal shift

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon leaders are telling gay and lesbian members in a new website launched Oct. 25 that attraction to people of the same-sex isn’t a sin or a measure of their faithfulness, but reminding them that acting on those feelings by having sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that will not change.

The message is part of a “Mormon and Gay” church website that includes dozens of articles, teachings, videos and stories from church members who identify themselves as gay and lesbian. It is a remake of a site first created nearly four years ago that marked the religion’s most significant outreach to gays and lesbians.

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LGBT group sues Utah over anti-gay school laws

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawsuit filed Monday seeks to open up a new front in LGBT rights following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage by challenging laws they say discriminate against LGBT students by restricting talk about homosexuality in schools.

The suit contends the law blocked teachers from helping a 7-year-old boy targeted by bullies for wearing girls’ clothes because it prevented them from saying it’s OK to be gay.

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Leaked video shows Mormon leaders discussing gay rights, Iraq war

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SALT LAKE CITY — In leaked videos, Mormon leaders discuss concerns about the growth of the gay rights movement and hear from a former U.S. senator and church member who tells them the Iraq war could open the door for new converts, according to footage that pulls back the curtain on a religion that is closely guarded about its inner workings.

The 15 videos were posted online Oct. 2 during the final day of the religion’s twice-yearly conference. They show top leaders hearing presentations and discussing topics at meetings from 2007 to 2012.

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Transgender congressional candidates nominated in conservative states

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Salt Lake City (AP) — Democrats in some of the reddest pockets of the interior West have nominated transgender women for Congress, sending a message of inclusivity in races many consider unwinnable for the party.

Misty Snow was nominated June 28 in Utah to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, and Misty Plowright won a primary to challenge Republican Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn in the state’s most conservative congressional district.

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Gay Utah businessman allegedly killed by house fire husband started

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Salt Lake City (AP) – The estranged husband of a well-known Salt Lake City LGBT pioneer and restaurateur who died in a house fire was charged June 8 with aggravated murder and arson.

Prosecutors said they believe Craig Crawford purposely started the fire to kill his husband, John Williams.

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Utah lawmakers look to expand hate crime rules to cover LGBTs

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GayUtahAbstrSalt Lake City (AP) – Utah state senators back a proposal that would beef up the state’s hate crime law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

Lawmakers voted 17-12 Feb. 26 to give preliminary approval of the plan after debating it. They must still cast a final vote on the measure sometime in the next two weeks.

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