Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott

Countdown: There are 224 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 307 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 588 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 1020 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Gay and lesbian couples sue Utah saying the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional [Tribune, Deseret News].

Gay rights activists rally ahead of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on California’s Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act [Tribune, KUTV].

If the Supreme Court strikes down Prop. 8 or DOMA, it could have an effect on Utah’s laws [KSL].

83% of Utah Boy Scout leaders say the organization should not lift its ban on allowing gays to serve with the group [Tribune, Deseret News].

The 2013 Legislature passed 524 bills, which was a record. The previous high was 504 in 2011 [Tribune].

Gov. Gary Herbert signs a controversial bill requiring the state to collect information on why women who seek an abortion are taking that step [Tribune].

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson pen an op-ed calling for the repeal of one part of ObamaCare [Tribune].

Sen. Hatch joins a group of members of Congress asking for the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act [Deseret News, KSL].

Hatch explains why he voted “present” instead of “no” on two nominations to the federal bench [Deseret News].

Mitt Romney plans to host a retreat this summer in Deer Valley for big-money donors and Republicans who may be thinking about running for president in 2016 [Deseret News].