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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 24, 2013
Same-sex marriage allowed to continue in Utah after judge refuses stay. Sean Reyes named new Utah Attorney General.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 34 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 182 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 315 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 679 days to the 2015 elections
- 742 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1050 days to the 2016 presidential election
- Judge Robert Shelby refuses to issue a stay for his decision striking down Utah's Amendment 3 as unconstitutional, allowing same-sex marriage to continue [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson defies Judge Shelby's order and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until he gets clarification from the state [Tribune, Daily Herald].
- The Utah State Tax Commission is studying whether newly wed same-sex couples will be able to file joint tax returns next year [Tribune].
- Political insiders on both sides of the aisle say Judge Shelby's ruling will ultimately be upheld on appeal [Utah Policy].
- Officials say about 700 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Utah since Judge Shelby's ruling on Friday [Deseret News].
- More than 1,000 members of the LGBT community celebrate marriage equality in Utah with a rally in downtown Salt Lake City [KSL].
- Gov. Gary Herbert taps Sean Reyes as Utahns next Attorney General [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Early ridership numbers for the new Sugar House Streetcar are far below what officials were expecting [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- The war of 1812 officially ended in 1814
- A fire ripped through the Library of Congress destroying about 35,000 volumes in 1851
- The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Tennessee in 1865
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe in 1943
- President George Bush pardoned former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal
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