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…

Troy Williams: Why does Equality Utah fear their executive director’s past?

Last week, Equality Utah announced that local gay rights activist Troy Williams had been hired as their new executive director. What’s concerning is how Troy seems to be scrubbing his online history to try and bury his controversial past. His personal twitter account has been deleted (Google cache and FavStar highlights) and his personal website on WordPress has been set to invite-only (with a robots.txt to block indexing starting on September 21). His Facebook profile is also locked down to make posts invisible to the public or mutual friends (though, to…