Category Archives: Gay Rights

Utah Gay Rights

Gay rights have been a controversial topic for a long time, but the debate—and surrounding media coverage—has taken center stage during the past few years. Same-sex marriage and nondiscrimination laws are two of the most hotly debated gay rights issues surging through the airwaves. Sutherland Institute aims to shed light on these and many other related topics.

First, we’d like to say that we have nothing against people who struggle with homosexual tendencies. Sutherland Institute believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion. Those emotions, however, must come within a person’s heart and cannot be mandated by the government.

Government-enforced acceptance is at the heart of existing nondiscrimination laws, which have passed in several states and many other state lawmakers are considering such legislation. Nondiscrimination laws force people to leave their faith at home. As a founding principle of this great nation, religion should be celebrated and not forced to be hidden in the name of political correctness. If that’s not enough to scare away support for nondiscrimination laws, maybe this will do the trick: those laws are a proven portal to legalizing gay marriage. Lawmakers, however, aren’t the biggest threat to traditional marriage.

Courts have continually ruled against traditional marriage. The ruling and debate surrounding Prop 8 was a flashpoint. Since then, liberal activist judges have been at war with traditional values.

Visit Sutherland Institute on a regular basis to take part in the debate about Prop 8, gay marriage, and gay rights.

John Paulk and the politicization of homosexuality – Mero Moment, 6/24/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Earlier this month, the Texas Republican Party adopted as a part of its latest platform a provision in support of what is called … Continue reading

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Even things forbidden will be compulsory

The state of Colorado has put out a welcome mat for recreational marijuana use but is decidedly cool to private business owners who want to act on their faith as they conduct business. Last week, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission … Continue reading

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Sorry, this is not ‘Jim Crow’ – Mero Moment, 4/22/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the recent oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage laws of Utah and Oklahoma, Judge Jerome Holmes, … Continue reading

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Sen. Reid responds to LDS Church statement on same-sex marriage

I wholeheartedly support the LDS Church authorities’ call for civility among all those engaged in the public dialogue over same-sex marriage. In addition, their statement reminds all of us that faith leaders and people of religious conscience have First Amendment … Continue reading

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Judge Shelby’s dubious decision: sophistic logic, pop psychology, and conclusory reasoning

Judge Robert Shelby holds the dubious distinction of being the first federal judge following the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision to come to the novel conclusion that the United States Constitution requires a state to redefine marriage to include same-sex … Continue reading

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The law that sounds reasonable – but isn’t

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Partisan activists have used words like tolerance, fairness and equality to gain special rights. In the name of fairness, a growing number of … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

In their recent submissions to a federal court judge who’s being asked to mandate same-sex marriage in Utah, the plaintiffs included a declaration from a sociologist, Charlotte Patterson, who commonly weighs in on litigation with the message that mothers and … Continue reading

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‘Ender’s Game’ and fake ‘tolerance’

Longtime fans of the book Ender’s Game, like me, are anxiously looking forward to this November. That is when one of the most popular science fiction stories at long last gets released as a movie. But recently some “queer geeks” … Continue reading

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DOMA ruling reveals ultimate goal of “gay rights” activists

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Recent Supreme Court decisions regarding homosexual rights have confirmed the validity of the old adage that, “The devil always oversteps his bounds.” … Continue reading

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Understanding the “Gay Agenda”: Part 1 – In the Beginning

The following is part 1 of a multi-part series covering some of the history and tactics of the “gay rights” movement. By the fall of 1987, AIDS was devastating the homosexual community throughout America. The well-documented promiscuity among homosexuals was … Continue reading

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Supreme court DOMA and Prop 8 marriage cases: a preliminary analysis

The U.S. Supreme Court has now issued its decisions in the two marriage cases, both on 5-4 votes. In the Proposition 8 case, the majority said that since the group that had brought the measure to the voters had not … Continue reading

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The bottom line in the marriage cases

With Supreme Court decisions imminent in two cases about marriage, it is good to remember the question the court is being asked to answer. The two cases ask the same basic question: Does the U.S. Constitution require a state (Proposition … Continue reading

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Is the ‘gay rights’ bandwagon good for business?

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A growing number of private businesses are adopting internal policies addressing discrimination in the workplace regarding homosexuality. These nondiscrimination policies are adopted … Continue reading

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Sexual orientation, religious freedom and law

Religious freedom is all about its “exercise.” There are no concerns in a free society about what religious people think, only about what religious people do. Public concerns about religious belief are rarely provoked by what a religious person thinks, … Continue reading

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Will BSA take a well-intentioned but calamitous path?

By nature an upbeat and optimistic person, today I am experiencing feelings that are hard to describe. Upbeat they are not. More a combination of sadness and mourning about the fact that this afternoon representatives of the 290 local councils … Continue reading

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