SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski has become the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City.
Official election results released Tuesday show the 49-year-old Biskupski defeated two-term incumbent Ralph Becker.
Her win marks a milestone for the LGBT community in the conservative state, even as the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setbacks.
A judge in central Utah last week ordered a foster child to be removed from a lesbian couple and placed with a heterosexual couple, citing the well-being of the child. He later reversed his decision.
Days earlier, the Mormon church issued a new policy that bans baptisms for children of gay parents until the kids turn 18 and disavow same-sex relationships.
Biskupski is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and said she hopes the faith reconsiders the policy.
Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press