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…

BUZZ: Police Officer Story About Utah Pride Parade at Odds with Official Account

A Salt Lake Tribune story on Saturday reported that a Salt Lake City police officer was on “leave due to allegations that he refused to work at this weekend’s Utah Pride Parade.” That police officer’s attorney now asserts that the officer did not refuse to work at the parade, but refused because he was asked to “perform maneuvers” in front of the Pride parade. A statement from the attorney–posted below–also notes that the officer offered to trade with other officers so that he could perform more typical police responsibilities, including security,…