Mia Love, 38, a daughter of Haitian-American parents who became the first black Republican woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, celebrated and pushed back at critics who focused on the color of her skin.
At a Republican Tuesday night election party in her 4th congressional district in Utah, Love wrestled with tears as party officials told her that she had won a seat in Congress in a state that is 91 percent white, according to the Associated Press. And in her acceptance speech, highlighted in a YouTube video, she acknowledged the moment in her victory speech.
"This is a great night for our nation. And I have to tell you, it is especially a great night for Utah. Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress," she said to cheers. more >>
NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders joined adventurer Bears Grylls for a day of camping through Utah's southwest desert mountains where at one point Sanders began to pray in tongues while facing a challenging canyon ascent.
The "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" episode aired Monday night in which the former athlete is shown as he maneuvers through the wild while putting his athleticism, and mental and physical toughness to the test.
"I began to pray in tongues because it's a language between me and God that He knows. But I wanted a direct line, a direct contact, so God could expedite this process and give me the peace I needed," said Sanders in the episode. "I said, 'Lord, you didn't bring me way out here to end it. You've never forsaken me, never let me down.'" more >>
A judge in Utah has finalized his ruling allowing for a polygamous union of people who star in a reality television program.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his decision Wednesday, having already declared a part of the state ban on polygamy to be unconstitutional.
Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown, star of the TLC series "Sister Wives," and his four wives could be married, striking down a provision of Utah law that barred cohabitation. more >>
Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday.
"It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported.
Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The decision was then put on hold pending appeals, though more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples managed to get married before that. more >>
The Utah Supreme Court on Friday night ordered a temporary halt to orders by several district courts that require the state's health department to issue birth certificates in same-sex parent adoptions.
The stay was granted in response to a petition filed by the Utah Attorney General's Office seeking certainty and clarity over whether the Utah Department of Health can issue the birth certificates if directed by court order, according to The Associated Press.
"The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child," the attorney general's office said in a statement. "The department sought clarification because the court orders appear to conflict with Utah law currently in effect, which prohibits the state and any state entities from recognizing same-sex marriages." more >>
Organizers of the largest annual parade that takes place in Utah have rejected an LGBT Mormon group's proposed float, stating that it will be too controversial.
The Days of '47 Parade, which is expected to have approximately 100 floats and a quarter of a million onlookers, rejected a float request from Mormons Building Bridges.
Mike Deaver, who sits on the Days of '47 Committee, told The Christian Post that the Mormons Building Bridges float "was denied due to several factors." more >>