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.

The real flaws in homosexual advocacy

Tweet In 1973, Robert Spitzer, then-leader of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), supported the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the industry’s bible. He was a staunch opponent of “reparative therapy” for homosexuals – the practice of helping … Continue reading

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‘Gay-rights’ advocates who turn into bullies

Tweet President Obama is in favor of same-sex marriage. So is Senator Harry Reid – always referred to as “a Mormon” when he is at odds with his own church. And now Mitt Romney – always referred to as “a … Continue reading

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Obama, North Carolina and the politics of marriage

Tweet The president has just announced that he thinks marriage should be redefined to include same-sex couples. This comes one day after the voters of North Carolina made that state the 31st to enact a constitutional amendment reaffirming the legal … Continue reading

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The conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty

Tweet In a recent Deseret News article describing the growing list of conflicts between religious liberty and attempts to redefine marriage, a prominent advocate of same-sex marriage is quoted regarding this trend. Here is the paragraph: “It’s a right-wing talking … Continue reading

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9th Circuit rejects Prop 8: what’s next?

Tweet Two judges of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit have just ruled that California’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in November 2008, violates the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which was ratified in … Continue reading

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Tweet   As proponents of a statewide nondiscrimination law gathered last night with some of Utah’s most prominent companies to cheer on the cause, one business leader told The Salt Lake Tribune: “We’re trying to attract people into this great … Continue reading

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Tribune ‘gay’ marriage column avoids the issue

Tweet   Peg McEntee is a news columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. Recently, she penned a column criticizing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for signing on to a statement of belief regarding marriage and religious freedom. … Continue reading

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Inequality Utah

Tweet   As homosexual activists continue to push their political agenda throughout Utah, the name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is incessantly invoked, as are its adherents’ perceived endorsements (through public opinion polls) in support of … Continue reading

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Oops! Oh yeah, that does create a protected class for ‘gays’ …

Tweet   One important question surrounding local nondiscrimination ordinances for housing and employment, which was highlighted in the recent debate on American Fork’s two proposed ordinances (housing, employment), is whether such ordinances create a new “protected class.” The practical importance … Continue reading

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American Fork: discrimination, or just awkward?

Tweet   Should American Fork or any other Utah cities extend employment benefits and protections based on sexual orientation? The following dialogue might shed light on a complicated issue. (The setting for this dialogue is a steel mill employing about … Continue reading

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Responses to criticisms of Sutherland’s position on nondiscrimination ordinances

Tweet   Sutherland Institute has expressed concerns about two proposed ordinances in American Fork that would require affected employers and landowners to consider “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in making decisions about employees or property. Sutherland appreciates the thoughtful responses … Continue reading

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‘Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries’

Tweet   Two people – Harold and Patricia – each decide to buy a house. Harold doesn’t really need a house and doesn’t know if he can afford one, but he just wants a house, so he looks at several … Continue reading

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‘Gay’ bus tour kicks off with a lukewarm endorsement

Tweet   To kick off its “help bigots across America to see the light” campaign in Salt Lake City today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a public opinion survey it commissioned and paid for showing that Utahns aren’t all … Continue reading

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Mind-bending story about ‘gay Mormons’ reinforces political correctness

Tweet   A growing number of Americans seem to be accepting, even embracing, the idea of same-sex relationships (i.e., homosexuality) even while there still remain Americans who view those relationships as dysfunctional. Professional medical associations have, one by one over … Continue reading

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Why our approaches on illegal immigration, “gay rights” differ

Tweet   Recently, I was asked why I manage to muster so much compassion for illegal immigrants but not “gays.” Most people who read this blog know Sutherland Institute’s stand on a conservative approach to illegal immigration andUtah’s HB 116 … Continue reading

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