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 […]

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 […]