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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Putting it All On the Line: Giving Up Freedom for a Little Equality

| February 14, 2014

**This article was original written for and published on The New Civil Rights Movement We’ve all “liked” a post on Facebook advocating for LGBTQ rights, whether that be marriage equality, adoption, non-discrimination, or anti-bullying. Many of us have shown up for rallies, blogged, or even picked up the phone and called a lawmaker.  But there […]

Poll Recap: How Did Utahns Vote on Same-Sex Marriage in 2013?

| January 6, 2014

After Judge Shelby’s ruling on December 20, striking down Amendment 3, Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, several local news outlets immediately launched online polls and asked their viewers what they thought of the ruling. Here are the results: KSL 5 TV (incidentally, a station owned by the LDS ((Mormon)) church), was the first […]

Utah TV Station’s History of Censoring Gay Content

| December 27, 2013

There’s been some controversy this week, after an internal memo from Mormon-owned TV station KSL in Utah leaked out showing management directing staff not to show footage of gay couples kissing. “Please avoid using kissing footage in your stories about Amendment 3,” reads the email, apparently written by Managing Editor Keri Wilcox. That’s a tall […]

EDITORIAL: Gay Marriage Must Stand in Utah

| December 22, 2013

**Article was originally written for Utah Political Capitol Friday afternoon, Judge Robert J. Shelby shocked the state and nation when he lifted the ban on same-sex marriage by overturning Utah’s Amendment 3 to the state’s constitution, ruling it unconstitutional and in violation of the equal protection  and due process guarantees of the United States Constitution. It is […]