Face of gay marriage in Utah an unlikely pair

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The young couple that has become the face of gay marriage in Utah is an unlikely pair for the role.

Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity were both raised in conservative religious families that shun gays: Sbeity in a Muslim family in Lebanon and Kitchen in a Utah family that belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They each came out when they were 16 years old and had parents who struggled to accept the revelations.

They are one of three gay and lesbian couples who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Utah that led a federal judge to overturn a same-sex marriage ban in December.

They will be in Denver Thursday for a hearing before a federal appeals court that is reviewing Utah's ban.

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