Same-Sex Marriage and the Assault on Religious Freedom

| October 25, 2014

**Originally published on Utah Politico Hub Could religious organizations be forced to perform same-sex weddings? The hysterical panic surrounding an Idaho wedding chapel certainly seems to suggest so. But as always, if you’ll forgive the pun, the devil is the details and the story is little more exaggerated hype. Conservatives have long used the fear […]

Utah Social Security Finally Relents – Grants Same-Sex Couples Benefits

| October 14, 2014

After denying benefits to legally married same-sex couples for over a week, SSA is now calling the couples and telling them to come back in. 1,300 same-sex couples were married in Utah between December 2013 and January 2014, during the brief window where marriage equality was legal before the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a stay […]

Utah Same-Sex Couple Threatens Social Security With Lawsuit Over Denied Benefits

| October 10, 2014

Same-sex married couples in Utah are still being turned away at Social Security offices statewide, despite five days passing since the U. S. Supreme Court decision which overturned Utah’s ban on those marriages. At least one of those couples is now threatening a federal lawsuit if they are not granted their legal benefits. Austin and […]

Utah Social Security Offices Still Denying Married Same-Sex Couples Benefits

| October 8, 2014

**Originally published by The New Civil Rights Movement and Q Salt Lake** Several of the local Social Security Administration offices in Utah are still refusing to issue new Social Security cards to married same-sex couples, despite court rulings requiring them to do so. Austin and James Vance, Dennis and Matt Gwyther, and Shelie and Ada […]

Long View: Why SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Decision Was Only Proper Option

| October 8, 2014

No matter which side of the issue you’re on, the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the seven same-sex cases that had been submitted was the only proper option. *Originally published on New Civil Rights Movement Under normal circumstances, the loser of a case at the state level might appeal that ruling to the appellate level, […]

Secession and Nullification? Two Utah Legislators Advocate 4th Branch of Government

| October 3, 2014

**This article originally appeared on Utah Political Capitol Should the United States have a 4th branch of government? One with the power to overturn and nullify all others? According to two sitting Utah legislators, Representatives Brian Greene (Republican – Pleasant Grove) and Marc Roberts (Republican – Santaquin), yes. Tuesday evening, the two junior members of […]

Anti-LGBTQ Groups Call for Moderation in Utah, But Overseas They Seek Criminalization

| September 21, 2014

There is no question that the American public has moved pretty decisively onto the side of equality for same-sex couples and their families. So when the anti-LGBTQ families crowd gets in front of Utah press or any other American media outlets, they typically work hard to keep their rhetoric from getting too far outside of […]