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.

Liberal thinking and religious views don’t mix

Shortly after President Obama “evolved” his position on “gay marriage” to one of support, he held a Hollywood fundraiser at which he described his new position as “a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.” As a liberal … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Study on Alternative Families

This morning a reputable scholarly journal published two key studies that could unsettle some of the happy talk about alternative family forms. The studies have already been the subject of major stories in the Deseret News and Washington Times. Maggie Gallagher … Continue reading

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The judicial campaign against DOMA

Yesterday, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (the federal appeals court that covers Massachusetts and some of the other Northeastern states as well as Puerto Rico) ruled the federal Defense of … Continue reading

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The real flaws in homosexual advocacy

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 people … Continue reading

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‘Gay-rights’ advocates who turn into bullies

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 Mormon” … Continue reading

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Obama, North Carolina and the politics of marriage

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 definition … Continue reading

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The conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty

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 point … Continue reading

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

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 1868. … Continue reading

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  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 state,” … Continue reading

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Tribune ‘gay’ marriage column avoids the issue

  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. Her … Continue reading

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Inequality Utah

  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 homosexual … Continue reading

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

  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 of … Continue reading

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American Fork: discrimination, or just awkward?

  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 75 … Continue reading

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Responses to criticisms of Sutherland’s position on nondiscrimination ordinances

  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 to … Continue reading

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‘Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries’

  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 online, … Continue reading

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