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Mormon Mother Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in Her Church

Wendy Montgomery | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Wendy Montgomery

Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.

Two Wrongs and Nothing Right in Utah

Don Elkins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Don Elkins

When I tell you "the church" opens up a mic to talk to the world about something important, people there pay attention, and take it as true. That open-mic really doesn't happen too often in Salt Lake City.

Leader Of Mormon Women's Group Loses Excommunication Appeal

AP | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The co-founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last year has lost her final appeal to regain membership in th...

Religious Freedom Gives Me the Constitutional Right to Violate Your Constitutional Rights, Right?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.

How the Mormons Punked the Press

Brooke P. Hunter | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Brooke P. Hunter

The Mormon church punked the national press yesterday by calling a press conference purportedly about their support of some basic rights for LGBTQ people. The press conference was, in fact, mostly about defending Mormons' right to discriminate.

Five to Nine Things You Maybe Didn't Know About Mormon Missionaries

Craig Harline | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Harline

Mormon missionaries pay their own way (about $400 a month); get up at 6:30 every morning and go to bed at 10:30 every night; are allowed only two telephone calls home a year to family; write letters/emails home only once a week.. and much more!

No Women Allowed

Reuters | Jennifer Dobner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, April 5 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Mormon women who want ecclesiastical equality were denied admittanc...

Social Conservatives Say Gay Marriage Will Lead To Polygamy

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Fueling debates over marriage and religious freedom, a federal judge declared on Dec. 13 Utah laws criminalizing polygamy are unconstitutional, ...

Mormon Feminists Wear Pants For Equality

Reuters | Jennifer Dobner | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Mormon feminists wore pants to church services on Sunday, rather than their usual dresses or skirts, as a symbol of gender ...

The Mormon Church Disavows Its Racist Past But Still Offers No Apology

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Over seven generations of white Latter-day Saints have been taught some version of the negative white racial frame about black people as spiritually unworthy.

Coming Home Is The Toughest Challenge, For Some Missionaries

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) It’s what fellow Mormons didn’t say that Ryan Freeman found most unnerving. Freeman had left for his two-year LDS mission ...

Genealogy -- America's Latest Obsession

Doug Bremner | Posted 11.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Doug Bremner

Carved into the solid granite of a mountain in the Wasatch Mountain Range, located in the Little Cottonwood Canyon, 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake Ci...

EXCLUSIVE: Watch What Happens When A Gay Husband And His Wife Have Dinner With A Gay Couple

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

In VH1's latest docu-series, "I'm Married to a...," Josh and Laurel "Lolly" Weed, a married Mormon couple, discuss their seemingly normal relationship...

Top Mormon Warns Against Tolerance Trap

Religion News Service | Lisa Schnecker | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Just because the nation may change its laws to "tolerate legalized acts of immorality" does not make those acts any less spiritua...

When the Bigamist Is a Woman: Talking Love and Polygamy With Novelist Miah Arnold

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Without revealing too much of the plot of Sweet Land of Bigamy, I will say that it is a true blessing to live in a time, and a country, where a woman, even in fiction, could marry two men and when found out, not immediately led to the gallows.

Janell Ross

Mitt Romney: Dad Was Born In Mexico, Now Here's My Hard-Line Immigration Plan | Janell Ross | Posted 10.19.2012 | Latino Voices

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney offered a disclaimer in the second presidential debate Tuesday before he addressed his stance on immigrati...

Jaweed Kaleem

Mormon Church Announces Major Changes | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will rapidly increase the number of missionaries it sends throughout the world, church leaders have an...

Jaweed Kaleem

Mormon Romney Critic Threatened With Excommunication Has Hearing Postponed (UPDATE) | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion

David Twede, the Mormon blogger who made international headlines after he said he was threatened with excommunication because he criticized church pra...

Introducing The 55 Wives Of Brigham Young

John G. Turner | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
John G. Turner

Brigham Young was probably the most oft-married man in 19th-century America. But the sheer variety of his marriages makes it difficult to make sense of them.

How Does The Mormon Church Make Money?

Reuters | By Peter Henderson | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - If the Mormon church were a business, wealthy adherents like Mitt Romney would count as its dominant revenue strea...

There's More To Those Jumpshots Than Three Points

Steve Novak | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Steve Novak

While I may be known as Novakaine, "the Wisconsin native sharpshooter," I have learned that there is a greater responsibility that we are given than making sure the ball finds its way into the basket.

Mormon Allies Walk In Utah Gay Pride

AP | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay drew shouts of approval and tears from spectators while marching in the Uta...

Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

In a matchup between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it's an easy choice for conservatives like both of us to fully endorse Governor Romney in this year's election.

Promises Made In Secret

Samuel Brown | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

In general terms, secrecy can suggest bad motives or suppressed scandal, but we must simultaneously recognize that there are times and places where respectful silence is still appropriate.

Holocaust Victim Baptisms Cause Mormon Leaders To Issue Stern Warning

AP | By BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 03.03.2012 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon church leaders say the church's policy of not performing posthumous baptisms of Holocaust victims and others unrelated to its...