This guest post comes from Kathryn Oviatt, an Alberta-based attorney.
June 20, 2015 marked the ten-year anniversary of marriage equality in Canada. Six days later, the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, giving LGBT Americans the same marriage equality rights as their northern neighbours. Some critics of the SCOTUS decision point to Canada as a warning sign of the kinds of limits on religious freedom and freedom of expression to come.Read more
A copy of a letter I sent to my Bishop & Stake President in advance of the letter regarding the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality that was directed to be read out in Branches and Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on either 07/05/15 or 07/12/15.
As this is the month of July, and the 4th of July is upon us, and the anniversary of the United States declaring independence, and forming a new country, based on freedoms and liberty, I thought it would be nice to view some keys points in both the Political, and Spiritual factors of this time of year for Americans. I think on the Garth Brooks song “We shall be free”. If you are unfamiliar with it, I would advise looking it up and or listening to it, and pay close attention to the lyrics, and the truth behind them.
I realized the predicament the Republican Party was in when I got into a heated conversation with a close relative. I had just read James McPherson’s Pulitzer-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom and was curious to find out what side a close relative sided with.
"How can you not side with Lincoln?" pointing out Lincoln's accomplishments. “Would you rather have our great nation divided into fifty countries?”
To my astonishment my question was met with a resounding, “Yes!”Read more
Over the weekend, I — like many of you, undoubtedly — witnessed a lot of reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. I’m sure many of your Facebook feeds looked similar to mine: lots of rainbow-tinted profile pictures, neutral posts by people who are happy for those who achieved marriage equality, and scorn.Read more
The foods we choose to eat are a product of our culture. The best parts of holidays and family gatherings are often meal times. And when we think of a holiday, we often think of the foods that accompany them: Thanksgiving and turkeys, Christmas and roasts, Memorial Day and barbecues. With the 4th of July this week, grocery stores across the nation are rapidly stocking hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the demand. Nonetheless, there are three important reasons why you should consider significantly cutting back your meat consumption, now.Read more
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Friday, June 26, 2015
LDS Dems Stand for Marriage, Applaud SCOTUS
SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Democrats caucus of the Utah Democratic Party joins broader celebrations Friday in support of the Supreme Court decision Friday allowing same-sex marriage nationwide. In doing so, the caucus reiterates the importance of the separation of church and state and adds a call that the rights of a religion to define marriage for its own members remain inviolable.