“From which any or all persons may be excluded”

In 2010 my family moved to South Central Idaho.  Shortly after we moved here we added two new regular pilgrimages to our routine of celebrating summer and Independence Day.  Near our home is one of United States’s scenic wonders and brightest spots, Shoshone Falls. Its beauty and power never cease to amaze or inspire me.  […]

A Balance Between LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty Misses the Point

This article has been making the social media rounds for the last twenty-four hours. A doctor in Michigan told a lesbian couple she prayed about it, and felt she could not be their infant daughter’s physician. That is plainly horrible. It is tragic that people still let their discomfort with homosexuality to cloud their moral […]

Being Gay in a Strait World

Though I am not gay, I often wonder what people would think of me, judged of me, if I were to come out. Even now those people may wish to have some assurance, but what should I say to assure you? First, why do you need an assurance? Fine, well, if you know me at all, you know […]

Support for Gay Marriage on the Rise, Even in the Mountain West

The Pew Research Center is reporting that support for gay marriage is steadily climbing, even in regions where it still does not receive majority approval. All regions have seen growing support for same-sex marriage over the past decade. For example, while 44% of people in the South now favor gay marriage, that number was just 25% […]

Yes, There Will Be an Anti-Gay Marriage Talk at General Conference.

There will be a gay marriage talk at this weekends General Conference. Of course, it will be an anti-gay marriage talk. I am not sure by who. I am not sure when said talk will be delivered. But there will be one. Back in February, I wrote about how gay marriage is for Mormons a […]

Some Religious Leaders Fight for Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom

One of the highlights of my campaign for Congress was getting to better know some members of the United Church of Christ clergy. Two are still good friends and Dwight Welch is a regular contributor here at Approaching Justice. Here is a statement from the United Church of Christ about a lawsuit brought about by […]

Gay Marriage is the Mormon Birth Control

I once heard an NPR report about Pope John Paul II visiting a Central American nation. After a service at a huge soccer stadium, the reporter spoke with a number of people as they left the venue. One woman, a mother with teenagers, was ecstatic after being in the same stadium as her beloved pope. […]

Attorney General Holder: Federal Govt. Will Recognize Utah Gay Marriages

See the above special video message from the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. Holder responds directly to the move by Utah Governor Gary Herbert who has declared that Utah will not recognize the marriages that have already taken place. Here is Holder’s official statement: Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark […]

Tears of Joy: Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban

“I’m in tears.” D. Christian Harrison told Approaching Justice earlier this afternoon, as he took in the news that a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled today that Utah’s 2004 gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. “I’m sitting at my desk in tears,” Harrison continued. “Today, Utah becomes the 18th state in our country to recognize […]

Marriage Isn’t for Everyone

After the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Windsor and Perry v. Hollingsworth earlier this year, I remained optimistic about the fact that I would live in a state where gay marriage was illegal. I even remember telling one of my gay law school buddies that Idaho would be the last state to recognize gay marriage. […]