Responding to Questions About Gay Marriage Advocates Coming Out Of The Closet

My piece on gay marriage advocates outing the nature of gay relationships brought quite a reaction. However, I think the reflexive defensiveness missed the main points of the article. The responses to the article can be summed up in the following points: – This is a lie pushed by religious fanatic bigots! – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? Straight partners cheat too. – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? How do open marriages subvert marriage? This first response completely ignores what was actually written. This isn’t some fanatic, hater,…

On Gay Marriage, #YesAllWomen, and Cliven Bundy

The news has been weird lately, so let me just drop a few things here. I. The Daily Beast had a couple interesting posts this week. First was “Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?” Jay Michaelson writes that, you know what, most gays who are married aren’t faithful and this is common knowledge, and maybe this will help shift conceptions about monogamy. Eek. We know adultery has always been and will always be with us, but that’s not a good thing. And the article made a couple disturbing points,…

It’s Now Safe For Gay Marriage Activists To Come Out Of The Closet

Back in 2006, I came across an article by Stanley Kurtz titled, “Zombie Killers”. In it, Kurtz uses statements from cutting edge social scientists and gay marriage activists and shows how they were saying the same thing about the effect of gay marriage on traditional marriage that its defenders were saying and had been doing so for years. Phrases like,“the queering of the social calls into question the normativity and naturalness of both heterosexuality and heterorelationality” are just academic speech for “gay marriage undermines marriage”. It was a fantastic way of pulling…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: EP32 – Better Know a Candidate; Charles A. Stormont Edition

Its a new episode of the Salt City Throwown Podcast! This week we hit on a couple of important things before the show starts. And Smitty is also back on Track, so all in all it was a good week. First, we give a personal shoutout to one of the best guys a man could have. Simon Miller and his family are on the trip of a life time, so we sent them our best wishes and thoughts as they go to pick up their third adopted child from China.…

Thoughts on the Latest in the Utah Same Sex Marriage Litigation

People following the litigation over same sex marriage in Utah have gotten good taste of the real thing: opposing sides villainizing each other, long periods of no progress followed by short bursts of action, and a convoluted procedural path that both sides try to reduce to an unrealistically clear arc ending conveniently in their absolute victory. Joking  aside (there was a *little* bit of humor there), this has been an action-packed week, and people can be forgiven for being a more than a little confused about where we are at this…

Reyes at the Tenth Circuit: Why We Don’t See More Kindness in Politics

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes went out of his way to be kind to his opponents. They took advantage of the opportunity to mock and ridicule him and his intent, even while ignoring his empathy and the tough position that defending the law requires. In the short few months since Judge Shelby flipped Utah law on its head, same-sex marriage activists have proven to have all the subtlety of a brick thrown through a window in the dead of night. Followed by drunk carousing while the occupants of the house…

5 Thoughts on the Kitchen v. Herbert Argument

For those who somehow didn’t hear, yesterday was the oral argument in the Kitchen v. Herbert appeal at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Since there are few things I enjoy doing more than listening to a well-argued appeal, I listened to the arguments online yesterday afternoon and have a few thoughts that I thought I would throw out there for anyone who’s interested.  If you’re inclined to listen to the argument yourself, you can find an MP3 here. (1) The State of Utah and the Plaintiffs are…

Did the senate save SB100 supporters from themselves?

Kenny Rogers said “you’ve gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”. He was talking about gambling, obviously, but I’d like to think it applies to politics as well. Much like poker, the political process sometimes requires that you give up a hand in pursuit of the bigger picture. There’s no point in winning a battle if it’ll cost you the war. Curiously, SB100 supporters seem to think otherwise, and the senate may have saved them from themselves by killing it. It wasn’t just SB100 that got…

The Salt City Throwdown Podcast: An Interview with Trestin Meacham

This article was written by Adam “The Fish Guy” Andrews. Co-host and Producer of the Salt City Throwdown podcast.   On a recent episode of The Salt City Throwdown Podcast, we had the chance to have a conversation with Trestin Mecham. Many of you may remember him as the man from Monroe, UT who went on a hunger strike in response to Judge Shelby’s ruling on Utah’s Amendment 3. Never having met Trestin, I did what most people do nowadays: I looked him up online. On the top 12 results:…

Religious Belief Doesn’t Matter

I am an active Mormon, but my deeply held religious convictions don’t matter to the judge. In Reynolds v. U.S. the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious beliefs are not a sufficient defense for breaking law, and thus Mormon polygamy was definitively outlawed. The opinion of the court delves extensively into the question of religious liberty, its roots and how the court must balance First Amendment religious guarantees against the law. As “religious freedom” debates move to forefront of Utah’s ongoing Amendment 3 battle, here are three takeaways from Chief…