Tag Archives: LDS

Tweet Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

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HRC Slams LDS “Truce” On LGBT Rights

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: “Symbolically, seeing the church leaders advocating so openly for these protections will no doubt be deeply meaningful to Mormon families with LGBT members, and provide encouragement to LGBT youth in the church,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “But, as a matter of public policy, it appears deeply flawed.” Doctors would still …

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UTAH: LDS Church Backs LGBT Rights In Return For Stiffer Religion Carve-Outs

Via Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights …

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UNSHOCKING: Study Shows “Ex-Gay” Mormons Have Very High Divorce Rate

Via the Salt Lake Tribune: The LDS couples profiled on TLC’s “My Husband Is Not Gay” may find these statistics sobering: Marriages like theirs — same-sex attracted husbands and straight wives — are two to three times more likely to end in divorce than others. That finding and others come from a newly released in-depth survey of 1,612 self-selected LGBT/same-sex …

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Mormon Church Confesses: Yes, Joseph Smith Married As Many As 40 Women

The Mormon Church has finally formally acknowledged that its founder Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women, one of whom was only 14 years old at the time. Elder Steven E. Snow, the church historian and a member of its senior leadership, said in an interview, “There is so much out there on the Internet that we felt we …

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LDS Explains Mormon Underwear

Via the Washington Post: For years, the Mormon Church’s undergarments have been mocked and misunderstood. Often referred to jokingly as “magic Mormon underwear,” the garb, which resembles a T-shirt and shorts, has been ridiculed on Broadway, referenced in political campaigns and exploited online for profit. That’s why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come forward to …

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Mormons, Catholics, & Evangelicals Ask SCOTUS To Uphold Utah Gay Marriage Ban

The above-named religious groups have filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Via the Associated Press: The religious groups urged the Supreme Court on the basis of tradition and religious freedom to uphold a state’s right to disallow gay and lesbian couples to wed. “Legal uncertainty is especially burdensome for religious organizations …

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Oregon Shooter Planned To Kill “Sinners”

The 15 year-old who last week went on a shooting spree at an Oregon high school wrote in his diary that he planned to kill “sinners.” Jared Padgett, an active member of an Gresham, Ore., Mormon church, shot and killed a student and injured a teacher during the attack on Reynolds High School before turning the gun on himself, police …

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UTAH: Gays Banned From Mormon Parade

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Days of ’47 Parade organizers have denied a float application from Mormons Building Bridges, saying an entry from the group founded to improve relationships between Latter-day Saints and the gay community would be too controversial. “The parade is very specific in its requirement that no float can enter that will create controversy,” Executive Vice President …

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VIRGINIA: Haters File 21 Marriage Ban Defense Briefs With Fourth Circuit Court

Twenty-one amicus briefs were filed yesterday with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The briefs were filed on behalf of the usual axis of evil: the Concernstipated Women, the Liberty Counsel, Phyllis Schlafy’s Eagle Forum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Mormon Church, the Southern Baptists Convention, the Heritage Foundation, …

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Eleven States File Anti-Gay Marriage Brief With Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals, Major Religious Denominations File Too

Eleven states have filed a brief with the Tenth Circuit Court in support of Utah’s defense of its ban on same-sex marriage. The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Notably there were 16 states that signed on to the pro-Defense of Marriage Act and pro-Prop 8 briefs before the Supreme Court. Those …

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UTAH: State Special Counsel Says He Took Marriage Case As A Religious Duty

The Human Rights Campaign reacts: “It’s alarming that the reason Gene Schaerr gives for taking this position has nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution or the legal issues at play. Schaerr’s entire motivation for taking this anti-equality case is to impose a certain religious viewpoint on all Utahns – and that’s wrong. When you become an attorney, you take …

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Mormon Church Says It Won’t File Court Brief Against Utah Marriage (For Now)

Via Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not currently planning to file an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the appeal of a ruling that struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman for the LDS church confirmed Thursday. The LDS church did file two such briefs last year, …

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Dear Utah, Love California

Via Memeographs.

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Meanwhile In Provo…

Utah County is the home to Brigham Young University.

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Mormon Paper: This Is Judicial Tyranny

From the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News: The essence of judicial tyranny is when a single, unelected federal judge declares the laws and constitution of an entire state null and void with an opinion clothed in the barest of legal precedent. It is true that state efforts to restrict marriage on the basis of race have run afoul of the federal …

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Mormon Church Reacts To Marriage Ruling

“This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process. We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state Constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court.” – Eric …

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Fred Karger On Mormons & ENDA

“This would not have happened without the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). The Mormon Church got a big black eye five years ago for all it did to pass Proposition 8 in California, which wrote discrimination into the state Constitution and took away gay marriage in the nation’s largest state. So in …

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Senate Mormons Helped Win ENDA

The New York Times reports that ENDA passed yesterday not just with the help of the top Mormons in the Senate such as Majority Leader Harry Reid, but with the de facto blessing (or at least, without the objections) of the church itself. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who at 79 is one of the Senate’s longest-serving members, became the …

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HAWAII: Fred Karger Vs NOM

Just in via press release: LGBT Activist and watchdog Fred Karger sent a detailed 11 page letter to the Hawaii Ethics Commission on Friday, October 25, 2013 alleging that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and its front group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have once again broken state election laws (see attached letter). “After …

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