Category Archives: Law

A possible Supreme Court twist in Utah’s marriage case

Last week, Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that Utah’s marriage amendment (approved by the Legislature and two-thirds of voters in 2004) is unconstitutional because the … Continue reading

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Another angle on natural law

In our writings at Sutherland Institute we occasionally use the term “natural law,” referring to the common foundations of justice and fairness innate to each of us. An article in the Intercollegiate Review (excerpted from The Perspective of Love: Natural … Continue reading

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Swallow, Shurtleff, and a culture of corruption – Mero Moment, 7/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When I received news that former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow had been arrested for alleged illegalities associated with their office, … Continue reading

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Ignoring old truths to create a new reality

It’s easy to win an argument when you invent a new reality. In the case of same-sex marriage, plaintiffs simply argue that a definition of marriage that has existed, culturally and legally, for millennia is an old reality. Proponents of … Continue reading

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States still need their own religious freedom laws – Mero Moment, 7/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The United States Supreme Court decided an important religious freedom case this week. In a 5-4 decision the court ruled that a privately … Continue reading

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Sutherland applauds Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

Sutherland Institute issued the following statement today, June 30, 2014, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case: The Supreme Court has done the right thing. No one should have to choose between acting on their … Continue reading

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A disappointing 10th Circuit ruling; on to Supreme Court

It’s disappointing to have a few federal judges decide that they can unilaterally override the decision of Utah voters to preserve marriage as society’s way of preserving children’s opportunity to be reared by a mother and father. We’ve long known … Continue reading

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A win for public prayer, and freedom, at Supreme Court – Mero Moment, 5/13/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In the May 5 U.S. Supreme Court decision City of Greece, New York v. Galloway, the court saved public prayers in legislative settings … Continue reading

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Sutherland applauds Supreme Court decision on town-meeting prayer

Sutherland Institute believes the United States Supreme Court made the correct decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. In ruling that government should not become “supervisors and censors of religious speech” when it comes to prayer offered at the start … Continue reading

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Michigan judge’s dismissal of research was unbelievable

This op-ed by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, was published March 29 in The Salt Lake Tribune. What does “unbelievable” mean? To most of us, it means that something is clearly not true or … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case is important for many reasons; I’ll just cite a couple. First, the precedent set in the law because of the decision will either strengthen or weaken the ability of … Continue reading

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Sutherland statement on state brief filed with 10th Circuit Court

Utah’s articulation of its interest in marriage is brilliant. Combined with several forthcoming amicus filings, the state’s case is impenetrable. The people of Utah can have confidence that their overwhelming majority view of marriage and family has been well represented. … Continue reading

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Lawyers and the integrity of Lincoln

I am currently reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham, titled The Life of Abraham Lincoln. This book (fortunately part of the public domain) goes into some detail to illustrate the integrity and honesty of the 16th president … Continue reading

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How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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Clueless AG Office lawyers opened door for Shelby’s specious ruling

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Four days is a long time for me to be silent about the “gay marriage” ruling in Utah. I’ve thought through this, read … Continue reading

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