Colorado Group Files Complaint Alleging Utah Lawmaker’s Organization is Illegally Lobbying

| May 2, 2015

**Originally published at Utah Political Capitol Denver – A complaint has been filed against Utah Representative Ken Ivory’s (Republican – South Jordan) American Lands Council in Colorado, alleging that the organization has been illegally lobbying without registering in the state or reporting its income. Under Colorado law, organizations are required to register to lobby with […]

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 […]

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 […]