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 […]

Sutherland Institute & Religious Right Orgs Create False “Religious Liberty”

| August 22, 2014

Do the principles of religious freedom (a.k.a. religious liberty) mandate exemptions from employment and workplace non-discrimination laws? According to many conservatives in Utah, yes. But while these Religious Right leaders claim to be championing the rights of the religious, their theocratic redefinition of these important concepts leave every individual at risk. Less than a few […]

Utah Democrats Could Learn a Lesson From Massachusetts Republicans

| August 16, 2014

Utah Democrats and Massachusetts Republicans have a lot in common, both hanging on by a thread in states that heavily lean the other way. Democrats in Utah hold only 18 percent of the seats in the state legislature, and in Massachusetts the Republicans control only 16.5 percent. Both of these two super-minorities also face the […]

The Right is Lying–Hobby Lobby Decision RESTRICTS Religious Liberty for All

| July 7, 2014

Eric joined KXRK’s Radio From Hell morning show to discuss the recent Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. While the Religious Right likes to portray themselves as the hero-defenders of religious freedom, this ruling and their broader campaign to redefine religious liberty is actually all about stripping your rights, and allowing private institutions to force […]

Quick Primer: Where (and What) Are All of the Same-Sex Marriage Cases in Utah

| June 9, 2014

For those trying to keep track of where all the same-sex marriage cases are in the process, it can get really confusing. Here’s a quick recap and primer of what the different cases are and where they’re at: Kitchen v. Herbert This is the main case over the validity of Utah’s Amendment 3, the 2004 […]

The Religious Right’s Campaign to Strip All Citizens of Religious Freedom

| June 5, 2014

**Originally Published on LGBTQ Nation and The New Civil Rights Movement** Turn on any cable news show and you’ll hear conservatives, particularly from the Religious Right, giving long tirades about religious freedom and how the Left is seeking to strip it away from good God-fearing Americans. But if you watch how the Religious Right works in court, […]

10th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Utah Marriage Case — Appears To Lean Toward Equality

| April 12, 2014

**Originally published at The New Civil Rights Movement on April 10, 2014** (Denver)  The 10th Circuit Court today heard oral arguments in the Utah Amendment 3 same-sex marriage case. The judges are being asked to decide whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling which struck down Utah’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions. From […]