Do Republicans benefit from LGBT boycotts?

If there is one thing to be said about the state of politics, it is that Republicans are building a better LGBT trap. States all across the nation are passing laws aimed at defining the use of public restrooms. Such legislation is quickly facing strict opposition from corporations to celebrities. Such legislation and the results from it bring to question if protests from the notable activists are just part of the plan? Following the recent North Carolina House Bill 2, famously known as the Bathroom Bill, a slew of protests…

The Mero Moment: The Samuel Principle and Same-sex Marriage. July 16, 2015

In the short aftermath of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision there has emerged three schools of thought about where we go from here. My dear pro-marriage colleagues are reluctant to change anything. They see the Court’s decision as they did the decades-earlier abortion decision. They see the marriage debate as a protracted legal conflict with much left for which to fight. Libertarian ideologues, as they always have, Court or no Court, want government out of marriage – the Court’s decision is just one more opportunity to display their incoherent…

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…

Tolerance, equality and human nature in a progressive liberal world

By Derek Monson A recent Gallup social ideology poll reported that for the first time since its polling began in 1999, an equal portion of Americans identify as social liberals as identify as social conservatives. In part, this may be because younger generations are sympathetic to the criticism of the conservative social order from progressive liberal ideology: namely, that it passively undermines or actively discards tolerance and equality for the vulnerable and minorities in society. Given the ascendance in the Gallup polling of social liberalism, it seems reasonable to examine…

HB 322: Religious Freedom Protection is Common Sense

It is often said that one should never discuss religion or politics in good company. However, with HB 322 up for discussion in the Utah Legislature both topics come hand-in-hand these days. This bill, sponsored in the house by Rep. LaVar Christensen (R-Draper) expands religious freedom protection for individuals and organizations that operate according to a specific set of religious guidelines. It also reaffirms guidelines to prevent discrimination in employment and housing. Main provisions of HB 322 include: “adds religious liberty provisions to the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah…

Protecting Religious Liberty

Our country was founded by groups fleeing religious persecution by the state. Many of the men and women involved in the formation of our government were also highly skeptical and suspicious of organized religion. These traditions are what lead to the First Amendment’s protections not just for religious belief, but the ability to be able to freely put those beliefs into action. It also extends those rights to individuals, not merely organized churches. It would be hard to find a nation on the earth more dedicated to preserving that degree…

Same-Sex Marriage and the Attack on Religious Freedom [Hub Debate]

Could religious organizations be forced to perform same-sex weddings? The hysterical panic surrounding an Idaho wedding chapel certainly seems to suggest so. But as always, if you’ll forgive the pun, the devil is the details and the story is little more exaggerated hype. Conservatives have long used the fear of religious liberty being violated as a weapon against LGBTQ civil liberties. In Utah, that’s included claims that if same-sex couples were granted their constitutional right to civil weddings, the LDS church would be forced to perform same-sex weddings in temples…

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…