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A Mormon Mother’s Unconditional Love for Her Transgender Son

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

GraysonCheck out this great story from Equality Utah about a mother of a transgender son and her love for him.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described “sheltered, Utah Mormon boy,” and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: “I assumed (Grayson) would say ‘I have a boy’s brain.’ But he didn’t. He said ‘I have a boy’s soul.'”

What a beautiful story – and a wonderful mother. It’s amazing to see a Mormon family accept their transgender son like this, especially when she is the one who asks her son if he is transgender.

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Where Do Religions Stand on Marriage Equality

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Marriage Equality and Religion

The Pew Research Center has a great chart on where the major religions are these days on marriage equality.

Pew reports:

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to hold a historic vote on same-sex marriage this week that could reverberate beyond the church’s nearly 2 million members. Church leaders gathering in Detroit are expected to decide as early as today whether to allow gay marriage or to continue to prohibit it, a move some Christian leaders believe could influence other centrist and liberal mainline Protestant churches as they also grapple with the issue. In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. This includes the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements, Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

Will the Presbyterians come around tomorrow?

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USA, Utah: AG Needs More Money for Ban Defense; Churches Weigh In

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Utah Attorney General Sean ReyesA couple stories out of Utah today – first off, the state’s new Attorney General wants more money to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office is seeking extra money from lawmakers to help pay for the state’s legal fight over same-sex marriage. Reyes is spending up to $300,000 on three outside attorneys to assist Utah’s defense of its ban on same-sex marriage as it heads to a federal appeals court. He says his office is covering the cost now but has limited resources he’d like to use elsewhere. Reyes on Tuesday asked lawmakers to help pay for additional attorneys in his office to reduce the regular workload on other staff.

Aren’t there better things he could be spending the state’s money on?

In related news, a number of church groups, including Mormons, Baptists, Catholics and others, filed a brief on the pending Utah and Oklahoma cases.

Think Progress reports:

“…the religious groups argue that their beliefs about marriage “have nothing to do with homosexuality.” The brief largely ignores any discussion of the gay community, leaving open the question of what banning same-sex couples from marrying actually does to the marriages of straight couples. Instead, the brief comes off as wholly passive-aggressive, implicating same-sex couples for hurting marriage without explicitly saying so… by arguing that there was, in fact, a purpose for the amendment other than discrimination against same-sex couples: namely, that it helps protect husband-wife marriage, which is good for society. The implication is that marriage has to be protected from same-sex couples, without any explanation as to why.”

Because there is no why. Briefs like these from marriage equality opponents are all fluff and air – there’s no “there” there.

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On Utah, and How Marriage Equality Reinforces Religious Freedom

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Utah Mormon ChurchThere’s a certain irony in watching Utah deal with a similar legal-marriage system that some members of that state helped enforce in California back in 2008. That is, until one remembers that real peoples’ lives are upended by the attempts to block marriage equality.

In 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ leadership rallied its troops to support California’s Proposition 8. (The LDS was later fined $36,928 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for 13 violations of state campaign regulations.) And now, slightly more than five years later, Utah’s discriminatory marriage laws have been overturned, which resulted in more than 900 legal marriages between partners of the same sex…

But not a single one of those 900 marriages took place in LDS temples or other places of worship. Just as was true in California, before Prop. 8, civil-marriage equality does not infringe on religious freedom. Churches—including the LDS—remain free to refuse to marry any couple that does not meet their doctrinal requirements for marriage.

See the Full Story at The Sacramento News and Review

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10th Circuit Refuses Stay for Utah Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 7.07.57 PMAp is reporting that a federal appeals court has refused yet again to stop gay marriage in Utah, making it more likely that same-sex weddings in the home of the Mormon church are here to stay for the immediate future.

Judge Robert J. Shelby‘s decision last week to strike down a 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban sent gay couples rushing to county clerk offices to get marriage licenses. About 700 gay couples have obtained licenses since Friday, with most of the activity in Salt Lake City. The State then made several attempts to stay the marriages, right up to the 10th Circuit, with all 4 attempts at an emergency stay denied.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals‘ rejection of Utah’s request for an emergency order to put gay marriage on hold marked was the latest legal setback for the state. Utah’s last chance to temporarily stop the marriages would be a long-shot request before U.S. Supreme Court.

That’s what the Utah attorney general’s office is prepared to do, spokesman Ryan Bruckman said. Gov. Gary Herbert‘s office declined to comment on the decision.

“We’re disappointed in the ruling, but we just have to take it to the next level,” Bruckman said.


USA, Hawaii: Mormon Church Jumps Into Marriage Equality Fight – Cautiously

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Mormon ChurchThe Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the Mormon church has sent out letters to Mormons across the state of Hawaii, encouraging them to contact the legislature to express their views about the legislation.

This time, the church is not specifically urging a yes or no vote, but it does want its members to push for religious exemptions in any final bill.

Authored By Peggy Fletcher Stack – See the Full Story at The Salt Lake Tribune

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USA, Hawaii: Will the Mormon Church Sit Out The Battle Over Marriage Equality This Time?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Mormon ChurchThe Mormon Church is widely credited with killing the states attempted marriage equality back in the 90s, while the state Supreme Court dithered. Will they get involved again this time?

Fred Karger at the Huffington Post reports:

What will the Mormon Church do now? It appears that post Proposition 8 the Church has backed away from leading the fight to stop gay marriage at any cost, because its public image received such a shellacking. Take a look at this Washington Post story from May 29, 2009 “The Mormon are Coming” as a prime example. In the story the Church’s own pollster Gary Lawrence admits that the Mormon Church was badly hurt because of all it did on Prop 8, “We’re upside down in our image,” he said. “The Church’s favorability ratings declined for Mormons over the last year, from 42 percent to 37.”

The Mormon church is been relatively quiet on marriage equality for the last few years – will the trend continue in Hawaii?

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