Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – October 7, 2014

SCOTUS decision makes same-sex marriage legal in Utah. Utahns support suing the feds to gain control of public lands within the state. Lockhart not a finalist for state superintendent job.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 28
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 111
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 156
  • Days to the 2015 election – 392
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 468
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 763

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases from a number of states, including Utah, making the practice the law of the land in those states [Politico, Deseret News
  2. Despite the legal win, the issue will likely continue to be a divisive one in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee slams "unelected judges" for the decision on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  4. Utah lawmakers are poised to make changes to state law about marriage following the SCOTUS decision [Tribune].
  5. Gov. Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes say they're disappointed in the decision allowing same-sex marriage in Utah, but they will abide by the law [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The LDS Church issues a statement saying the decision will not alter their theological stance that marriage is between a man and a woman [Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  7. A number of Utah leaders react to the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  8. A new poll shows a majority of Utahns would back a lawsuit against the federal government to gain control of lands managed by the BLM [Utah Policy].
  9. House Speaker Becky Lockhart is not among four finalists for the state superintendent job [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert's committee on Common Core hopes to keep politics out of their review of the curriculum [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up grievances against England.
  • 1996 – Fox News Channel made its debut.
  • 1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten and left tied to a wooden post outside Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 2001 – The U.S. and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan.
  • 2003 – California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him.