Reception celebrates Utah same-sex couples as film premieres at Sundance

Posted at 9:27 PM, Jan 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-18 23:27:51-05

PARK CITY, Utah – Main Street in Park City was crowded with movie-goers Saturday, but the busy, festive atmosphere was made more so as many attended a wedding reception for Utah same-sex couples.

The reception was in conjunction with the premiere of the film “The Case Against 8”.

According to the film's Facebook page, it is: "A behind-the-scenes look at the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said pairing the reception with the premiere brings two states together.

“We are not only celebrating the world premiere of this film, we are also celebrating the more than 1,300 married couples, married same-sex couples, here in the state of Utah,” he said. “So today is a celebration for California, and a celebration for Utah.”

Earlier this month, Utah state officials said the state would not recognize the same-sex marriages that had been performed in the state. Federal officials, however, have said they will recognize the unions.

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