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.

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The law that sounds reasonable – but isn’t

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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‘Ender’s Game’ and fake ‘tolerance’

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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DOMA ruling reveals ultimate goal of “gay rights” activists

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The bottom line in the marriage cases

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Is the ‘gay rights’ bandwagon good for business?

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Sexual orientation, religious freedom and law

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Will BSA take a well-intentioned but calamitous path?

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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My letter to the Boy Scouts of America

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The Boy Scouts of America is scheduled to vote later this month on its proposed nondiscrimination policy on sexual orientation for … Continue reading

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Scouts, Saints and ‘sexual orientation’

Tweet In 1993, between congressional jobs, I briefly worked on Capitol Hill for a national pro-family lobby. I remember a conversation with a former colleague who thought that whether a person was “born gay” or not was irrelevant to the … Continue reading

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Politicization of homosexuality barrels on

Tweet In the “gay rights” debate over the years, I have raised the point that the psychiatric and psychological professional associations normalized the condition of homosexuality because of politics, not science. Typically, my claim is greeted with jeers and laughter … Continue reading

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