The Religious Right Operative Who Helped Write Utah’s Nondiscrimination Law

| March 19, 2015

**Originally posted to Political Research Associates Was the non-discrimination/religious freedom law in Utah really the “historic compromise” it’s being touted as, or a Trojan Horse for the Religious Right’s agenda? There now seems to be little doubt with the discovery that one of the law’s authors has spent years working with the country’s most prominent Religious […]

Utah LGBTQ Rights Bill a Trojan Horse for Religious Right’s Agenda

| March 17, 2015

**Original published at LGBTQ Nation magazine and The New Civil Rights Movement** There were both cheers and tears as many in the Utah LGBTQ community celebrated the passage of a workplace and housing nondiscrimination law in the conservative Utah legislature. But behind closed doors, I suspect it’s actually the leaders of the Religious Right who […]

Utah GOP Lawmakers Blame Outrage Over Rape Comments on the Press

| February 5, 2015

After one of their own faced a severe backlash this week for implying that having sex with an unconscious spouse isn’t really rape, some Utah Republican legislators are circling the wagons—blaming the outrage on the media. Utah state representative Brian Greene (Republican – Pleasant Grove) touched off a firestorm this week when he commented on […]

Democrats & Religious Leaders Announce Bill Creating “Religious Freedom Day” in Utah

| January 20, 2015

**Originally published on Utah Political Capitol** Utah House Democrats and local religious leaders held a press conference Friday afternoon to announce legislation designating January 16th in Utah as Religious Freedom Day, honoring the first religious freedom law in the country. In 1786, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed into law the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom […]

A Most Sacred Trust – The Line Between Lawmaker & Paid Lobbyist?

| December 30, 2014

**This article was originally published on Utah Political Capitol** Where is the line between acting as a lawmaker on behalf of your constituents, and acting as a paid lobbyist? As the 2015 legislative session draws near, one Representative on Utah’s Capitol Hill may be drawing near it. On November 10, 2014, a new Utah nonprofit […]

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 […]