Governor issues statement on non-discrimination and religious freedom [UPH Wire]

*attached contains the following:  For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Governor issues statement on non-discrimination and religious freedom SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 27, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert released this statement following the announcement made by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the issues of non-discrimination and religious freedom: “The statement made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today is an additional and important step to help us find common ground on these important issues. It will be helpful in…

Libertas Opposes Anti-Discrimination Laws Supported by LDS Church

Libertas Institute, the libertarian think-tank run by Connor Boyack, responded to the LDS church’s exceedingly rare press conference held earlier today, addressing non-discrimination and religious freedom. Libertas said that the think-tank agrees with the LDS Church’s statements and because they agree, they therefore oppose the anti-discrimination bill being proposed. Libertas further disagreed with Sister Neill F Marriott when she said that “basic rights such as securing a job or a place to live should not depend on someone’s sexual orientation.”   Said Libertas: “It is incorrect to say that person X has…

Leave the Nuance; Take the Talking Points

The LDS Church earlier today announced support for both a non-discrimination law for sexual orientation in housing and employment and support for greater protections for religious liberty. The reaction from proponents of a non-discrimination ordinance was swift: a near-complete dismissal of any need to protect the free exercise of religion while gladly taking the endorsement of non-discrimination. In many cases, freedom of religion was completely misrepresented as the freedom of belief, but not of exercise. This lays the groundwork for why I remain deeply suspicious and skeptical of any such proposed…

Sutherland Institute endorses LDS Church’s principles on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

Sutherland Institute welcomes the helpful comments from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tuesday morning on religious liberty and nondiscrimination. We endorse the principles outlined in the press conference and look forward to continuing a constructive role in ensuring respect for these principles as the Utah Legislature considers these issues. Sutherland Institute has long called for protection of religious freedom for individuals and organizations. This principle must be reflected in any proposed legislation. Residents of Utah and citizens everywhere are entitled not just to belief, but…

LDS Church Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination News Conference [Video]

One unique aspect of Utah’s political mix is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as LDS or more commonly as the Mormons). More than 50% of Salt Lake Valley is Mormon, and 60% of the rest of the state also claims affiliation with the faith. With such a large population of Mormons in the state, the faith holds some degree of influence on politics, usually passively, but occasionally, such as during the Proposition 8 campaign in California, the LDS Church takes a more active role. This morning,…