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“We should all be worried about our other fundamental rights that have been obtained through the courts over the last decade or so.”

Utah state Sen. Derek Kitchen, arguing that states should codify LGBTQ+ rights in preparation for a worst-case scenario situation in which the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn its 2015 same-sex marriage ruling. (Associated Press — June 7, 2022)

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