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Ireland Comes Home For Equality

The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum today to decide whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. If the vote turns out in favor, it will be a remarkable historical moment. Ireland will be the first country to adopt marriage equality by a popular vote. And though it is close, it does look […]

I’m relying on your common decency…

A lot has already been said by people far more eloquent than I about the bigoted mess caused by Indiana’s new right to discriminate law.  So rather than try to add more words to a debate that should not even need to be happening in 2015, I want to use this “Hymns of Social Justice” […]

How Many Deaths Will It Take?

The morning paper greeted me with the following heart wrenching headline at the top of the opinion section “Deadly Persecution of a Gay Man.” I immediately felt ill, my stomach turned, I thought, “Dear God, not again.”  It seems that stories about LGBT suicides are a regular occurrence anymore.  The statistics on LGBT suicides are […]

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 […]

The Magdalene Laundries: An Extreme But Horrible Example of a Religious Free Pass

When LDS leaders talk about religious liberty, the examples they share almost exclusively deal with an institution’s liberty to discriminate against individuals, which is really the thing that irks me most. The tension between the church and LGBT groups is really a tension between religious liberty and civil liberty, which, frankly, when those two are at […]