Ten Bills That Someone Wants Governor Herbert to Veto

With almost every bill that passes the legislature to some acclaim, there’s a constituency out there that finds itself scratching its head, throwing its collective hands in the air, and declaiming the collective stupidity of the Utah Legislature. If they can’t win in the people’s House, they call the Governor’s office and ask him to veto it. And let’s be honest: we’ve all been there. For me, it’s the Zion Curtain (even though I really like John Valentine–no disrespect intended, but I just don’t think it is good public policy). For you,…

Must We “Celebrate Everyone’s Parade?” Statement from Police Officer Who Asked For Alt Assignment In Utah Pride Parade

In my duties as a police officer, I have been called upon to protect events I disagree with, including several LGBT rallies. I never felt that my personal or religious beliefs “exempted” me from serving or protecting anyone’s First Amendment rights or safety. I love and respect them as fellow children of God; however, I should never be forced to personally celebrate any messages. That is my right. It is unquestionably my duty as a police officer to protect everyone’s right to hold a parade or other event, but is…

Support Religious Liberty: Stand Up to the ‘No Compromise’ Approach to Nondiscrimination

By Derek Monson Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities of “no compromise” approaches to nondiscrimination law. The facts and details of the experience of a Salt Lake City police officer and his role at the Salt Lake pride parade in 2014 are a case in point. This officer arranged, as is common police practice, a swap…