We’ve Already Balanced Equal Protection and Religious Freedom

It’s a bit frustrating that anyone feels like we’re in uncharted territory, or like we have some tough task ahead to balance religious freedom with equal protection rights for LGBT people. While there are some distinctions between the gay rights movement and the racial civil rights movement, those are, for the purposes of equal protection, distinctions without a difference. They don’t need to complicate our legal framework or the balance we’ve struck in the past between religious freedom and equal protection. As it relates to racial equal protection, the compromise…

Reflections on City Weekly’s Coverage of Mendenhall and LaMalfa’s Alleged Affair

Yesterday, Salt Lake City Weekly published an article asserting that two SLC Council Members, Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa, are engaged in an affair. This ignited an immediate firestorm on social media and in comments sections of the article, with many people making strong criticisms of City Weekly’s article for being anonymously sourced and for making big news out of something that is a private affair. I don’t know LaMalfa, but I do know Mendenhall, and I like her. I’ve found her to be a friendly, earnest person and a dedicated…

The Supreme Court Thinks It Can Decide Which Religious Beliefs are Important [Hub Debate]

With the Supreme Court ruling 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday, finding  that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare, our debate topic is set: did the Supreme Court get it right? Or wrong?  The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is problematic, but given the court’s current composition, and its track record on corporate issues, it was not unexpected. As in most cases, the justices aren’t idiots (even the ones I usually disagree with), so the majority decision isn’t a gross miscarriage…