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Witnessing hostile actions taken against Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, she ran for the Utah House of Representatives in 1998 and became Utah’s first openly gay elected official. Jackie collaborated with LGBTQ+ attorneys to fight for our equality for over a decade. In 2000 she gave her historic speech against legislation that stripped same sex couples of the right to adopt. She battled anti-gay legislation for years while educating her colleagues about LGBTQ+ people. In the mid 2000’s her work helped defeat five anti-gay bills in a single year. This was a turning point in Utah’s LGBTQ+ history.

Jackie adopted her son, Archie, in 2010 and retired from the legislature in 2011. In 2015 she ran for Salt Lake City Mayor as a single mom and won! She was sworn in as the 35th Mayor of Salt Lake City, the second female to hold this position and the first lesbian to lead a capitol city in the United States. Jackie married Betty Iverson in 2016, and now has another son named Jack.


For over 25 years, she owned and operated her own law firm in Salt Lake City where she specialized in estate planning, elder law and protecting the rights of Utah’s LGBTQ+ community. She focused on helping gay and lesbian couples form families and worked tirelessly to protect them from discriminatory regulations and laws. She moved to London, England for 2 years where she studied international law and served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Laura helped UNHCR develop new global policies protecting refugees fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Laura has taught courses on LGBTQ+ rights, elder law and estate planning. Laura was honored by the Utah State Bar as 2022 Lawyer of the Year for exceptional service to the legal profession. She has received several awards recognizing her work for Utah’s queer citizens. She recently closed her law practice and is pursuing other long-neglected interests. Most often, she can be found in Utah’s mountains recreating with her wife and their dogs.
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25 years ago two Utah lesbians — a lawyer and a lawmaker — used “straight law” and grassroots politics to fight for the rights of queer couples to create families.
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The stories of Jackie, Laura and the brave families they helped as they lay the foundation for what’s possible – and a road map for the battle ahead.

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