Beauty and the Beast: Out of the closet?

There is a controversy over the new Beauty and the Beast movie. Evidently, Disney wrote a gay character into the script. No, not “gay” as in happy, as in every Disney movie prior to the 1980s. “Gay” as in sexual orientation. Evangelical leader Franklin Graham has called for people of faith to boycott the movie as a show of force for traditional values. But is that a good idea? If were you born well before 1988, you might remember another movie controversy over The Last Temptation of Christ, a more…

The Mero Moment: Mormons and kids from same-sex marriages – November 19, 2015

On the heels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new policy regarding the children of same-sex married couples, a state judge ruled that a gay married couple were not fit parents because of their same-sex status. Ruling on the three-month old child’s foster care status, Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen cited research indicating that children are worse off in the care of same-sex couples than in the care of heterosexual couples. Of course the ruling has ignited a wildfire of protests across the nation. While…

Is polygamy next? It would only require the court to follow its own logic.

By William C. Duncan Is the legal acceptance of polygamy the most predictable consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriage? To judge by the dissents to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage redefinition decision and by many conversations with a wide variety of people (not a scientific measure), one might think so. I have my doubts. It is clear that advocates of polygamy think the Obergefell decision requires recognition of some type of group marriage. In a pending Utah case, the attorney for a polygamist and his wives has argued exactly that. The…

Government and traditional marriage

Dieter Boenhoffer is a personal hero of mine. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany at the time of the Nazi takeover in Germany.  Most churches submitted to the will of the Nazi Government by preventing Jews from worshiping in their congregations, recognizing the government as having supreme control over religion and looking the other way when government began mass extermination of those the government felt were undesirable. Rather than consent to the will of the German government, Boenhoffer (along with other ministers) formed the Confessing Church.  This led Boenhoffer…

Turn or burn: Obama attempts to export gay rights

During his trip to Africa, President Obama laid out key policies regarding the administration’s perception of how the growing homosexual population must be recognized. Given the approach the president has taken in the past, is it possible that Kenya and Ethiopia could experience some of the same treatment as the Gambia received in recent years?  One thing is for certain: already difficult conditions for African countries could become more difficult if those in the troubled regions are not willing to give up their conscience and accept homosexuality. Similar to anti-gay…

Impale Me Now: The problem with the defeatist position on same-sex marriage

Since the announcement of the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, I have encountered innumerable end-time attitudes and statements generated mostly by my LDS family members and friends. For the most part these have included variations around a common theme; they could be epitomized by a recent piece by Paul Mero: “The Samuel Principle and Same-sex Marriage.” Mero writes: It’s time for my pro-marriage friends to invoke the biblical “Samuel Principle.” It’s time to give Americans the “king” they want – even if it means their ruin. The…

In God We Should Trust

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison, 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. “Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of…

What Could Happen with Same Sex Marriage at the Court?

The Supreme Court will likely render its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges on Monday, June 29. The Court will answer two questions, commonly referred to as the marriage question and the recognition question: (1) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and (2) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state? There are a few possible outcomes (remember, the Sixth…

5 Totally Legit Ways to Protest Gay Marriage

While gay marriage has been legal in Utah for a year and a half now, there haven’t been any incredible protests as a result of Judge Shelby’s decision. Sure, there’ve been some garden variety protests, but nothing like what is currently transpiring in Australia, where a couple will actually get divorced if gay marriage is legalized. Inspired by this intrepid Australian couple, we in Utah need to protest a little more creatively. Here are some painfully obvious ways to protest the LGBT lifestyle: 1.  Gay people can own homes. Therefore, to…

In-depth analysis of Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court

By William C. Duncan What did we learn from Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases? A caveat is necessary before answering that question. The answer most people are looking for when they listen to or read the arguments is: What will the court do? When the justices release their decision will they either (1) allow the states to retain the virtually universal understanding of marriage as a union of husband and wife which protects children’s entitlement to a married mother and father or (2) order…