Increased support for LGBT equality in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune
January 30, 2010

A new Salt Lake Tribune poll says that support for LGBT equality increased by 11 percent over the past year among Utah residents, and 10 percent among Mormons. Poll respondent Jania Evans, a 69-year-old Mormon who lives in Draper, says knowing people who are gay has changed her opinions over time. [Link]

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz Fighting Freedom to Marry in D.C.

Deseret News
January 27, 2010

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah) introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overturn the marriage equality law that was passed by the Washington, D.C. city council, but Democratic leaders will likely not allow it to come to a vote due to the discriminatory nature of banning the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Proposition 8 Documented

CNN: CNN Newsroom
January 23, 2010

Brooke Anderson interviews Dustin Lance Black, Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet about 8: The Mormon Proposition, the film about the Mormon Church's involvement in the passage of Proposition 8. [Link]

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New Utah State Senator Comments on Aim to Extend Benefits to Gay Couples

KSL.com (Utah)
January 22, 2010

New Utah state Sen. Ben McAdams is aiming to extend legal protections for gay and lesbian couples who wish to bring a lawsuit in the case of a wrongful death. McAdams: "We need to recognize these families and provide some support and some benefit for them." [Link]

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz and Family Differ on Marriage Equality

Deseret News (UT)
December 21, 2009
LGBT advocates are "flabbergasted" that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is leading a charge to block marriage equality in D.C., since his family has some close gay and progressive ties. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Fight Returns to Utah

Salt Lake Tribune
December 4, 2009
The debate over marriage equality -- and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' role in passing California's anti-gay Proposition 8 -- is coming back to Utah. "We're bringing the pain of this home," said Reed Cowan, who directed "8: The Mormon Proposition," which will have its world premiere next month in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. [Link]

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Bully As Victim Won’t Play Well

Watts Cookin'
November 7, 2009
Following the extensive backlash after Proposition 8 in California, the LDS Church, through its Apostle Dallin Oaks, has gone to its roots to gain public support—victimization. It won’t work. Every LGBT person is part of a family, and an extended family, and those tentacles reach into every home in the world. It’s an Oxymormon for a church to think it can be pro-family and anti-gay at the same time. [Link]

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‘8: The Mormon Proposition’ Will Knock Your Socks Off

The Huffington Post
October 20, 2009
Californians Against Hate's Fred Karger praises Reed Cowan's upcoming documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, which Karger says will "explain once and for all just how the Mormon Church operates, and how they have led the fight against marriage equality all across the United States since Utah became the first state to ban the freedom to marry in 1995." [Link]

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LDS apostle: Prop 8 backlash against Mormons like civil-rights-era persecution of blacks

The Salt Lake Tribune
October 14, 2009
LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks on Tuesday likened the post-Proposition 8 backlash against Mormons to the persecution blacks endured during the civil-rights struggle. Now Oaks faces a backlash himself. Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP's Salt Lake branch, said there is "no comparison." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Gay or Straight, Commitment Deserves Acceptance

Salt Lake City Tribune
September 23, 2009
Columnist Peg McEntee criticizes the Mormon Church for its stance on LGBT equality and asks how anyone would want others to live without loving, committed relationships. [Link]

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