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Web Extra: Derek Kitchen On Exploring Polyamory

Derek Kitchen

Before he was a Utah State Senator, Derek Kitchen was part of an important lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. But while he was open about his homosexuality, he chose not to talk about the polyamorous part of his life, because…it’s complicated.

Last week we profiled an article in The New Yorker by the writer Andrew Solomon. He’s been exploring changing ideas about what family and marriage mean, and he spoke with people in polygamist families and in polyamorous ones, too. In that article for the first time, he revealed publicly that Derek Kitchen was in a polyamorous relationship. Kitchen joined us to talk about that portion of his life and how we think about the different forms love can take.

Derek Kitchen is a Utah State Senator representing the state's 2nd district.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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