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Top 5 highlights from the 2015 Utah legislative session

Of the 833 pieces of legislation that were introduced this session, below are five that are especially noteworthy. HB 333—Budget Reserve Account Amendments Utah lawmakers once again showed they are serious about their fiscal stewardship by raising caps on state … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute statement on SB 296

At the time of the press conference by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on religious liberty, Sutherland Institute expressed its support for the principles those leaders outlined. Today, SB 296 has been introduced in an effort to (1) address concerns about … Continue reading

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Support religious liberty: stand up to the ‘no compromise’ approach to nondiscrimination

Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities … Continue reading

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Nondiscrimination legislation requires balance, extreme care

News reports suggest there is still an ongoing debate about how to balance calls for changes to state discrimination laws (which would expand the reasons businesses and property owners could not deny housing or employment) with the need for robust … Continue reading

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A right to discriminate?

A common accusation made by those who oppose robust protections for religious liberty is that proponents are seeking a “right to discriminate.” The common form this argument takes is that religious liberty is already protected (say, by the First Amendment … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: No reason to rush a Utah anti-discrimination law

(Salt Lake Tribune) Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week made an informative, thoughtful statement about the need to take a balanced approach to the connected issues of protecting the employment and housing rights of … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute endorses LDS Church’s principles on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2015 Sutherland Institute welcomes the helpful comments from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning on religious liberty and nondiscrimination. We endorse the principles outlined in the press … Continue reading

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Elder Oaks urges mutual understanding on religious freedom issues

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we’re done and we might as well be dead, But I’m only a cockeyed optimist And I can’t get it into my head Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted these lyrics … Continue reading

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We were wrong

My friend Quinn McKay has helped facilitate several sessions in Sutherland Institute’s Transcend Series. Quinn’s focus is honesty and integrity. Early in each session Quinn invites a member of the audience to stand and asks the person, “Have you ever … Continue reading

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The fundamental problem with 'anti-discrimination' ordinances

When we strip away all the back-and-forth between opposing opinions, anti-discrimination ordinances designed to protect homosexuals in the workplace and housing boil down to one thing: Sexual orientation absent sexual behavior is not provable. Hence, laws designed to protect vagaries … Continue reading

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