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The New York Times reports that the New Jersey Senate defeated the gay marriage bill today.  It is good to see this issue come before legislatures where it is better suited than the courts.  It is even better when the voters themselves get to express their views, since it is such an important issue that essentially redefines civil marriage.  Fortunately for gay couples in New Jersey they do have in place civil unions which grant the same rights to gay couples that straight married couples enjoy.  Therefore, no rights are lost:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s state Senate has defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, leaving it unlikely the state will have a gay marriage law in the very near future.

The bill needed 21 votes to pass; only 14 senators approved the measure Thursday.

Gay rights advocates had pushed hard to get the bill passed before Jan. 19, when Republican Chris Christie becomes governor. Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine promised to sign the bill if approved by the Legislature but Christie has said he would veto it.

New Jersey offers civil unions that grant the legal rights of marriage to gay couples. Five states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont — allow gay marriage.

This is another democratic defeat for the gay marriage movement, which in the recent past has been buoyed by judicial opinions creating gay marriage rights where none have existed and redefining civil marriage laws.

(This post has been recently updated toward the end with additional links) The Church has released this news update on the “kissing” incident on the Plaza, now an extension of Temple Square and Church Headquarters: (Hat Tip Geoff B.): (more…)

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting the Salt Lake City Police Report on the expulsion of two men for unwanted kissing and hugging on Church property has been released (I’m assuming by the SLCPD–but the article is unclear).  The Tribune did post the entire report.  You can read the actual report here, which is linked at the bottom of the article.    (more…)

Gay Day Temple Square

Matt Aune and Derek Jones, photo by Scott Sommerdorf Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that two men, Matt Aune, and Derek Jones (above) were cited by the Salt Lake City Police Department for tresspassing on private religious property: (more…)

[Admin Note:  The following post is currently posted over at Patheos.com.   For those who have not visited Patheos, you can read about the site in this review at Times and Seasons, and of course visit Patheos yourself and see their content.   They are also running an opposing view point by Nate Oman.   If you are so inclined to comment, please do so over at Patheos, as I have closed comments for this post over here.] (more…)

I guess there was a “Utah Pride Parade today in Salt Lake City (sorry I missed out on that one).   The Salt Lake Tribune has a very nice write up in an article titled Gay Rights Advocates Strut Political Clout in Salt Lake. From the looks of the Tribune photographer, Scott Sommerdorf’s excellent photos, that’s not all they strutted: (more…)

So proclaims Paul Mero, President of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah.  And, he’s referring to the two sides in the so called “gay rights” debate, one that encompases the most basic of civil rights and the so called fundamental right to genderless marriage.  The Salt Lake Tribune published Mero’s thoughts in an article entitled Too Complicated to find Common Ground(more…)

Wow, this must have been some monumental victory for the so-called new “Civil Rights” movement.  Californians Against Hate (gotta love the name), and please take a gander at their website to see just how full of love they are, has announced:

A California gay-rights group announced Friday it is formally ending a boycott of one of Utah’s most high-profile car dealerships.

Fred Karger, director of Californians Against Hate, said Friday the two-week boycott of Ken Garff Automotive Group was being called off immediately, following a series of meetings that included face-to-face discussions between company principals John and Robert Garff and Utah philanthropist Bruce Bastian, a leading gay-rights advocate.

A two week boycott–impressive–probably brought the dealerships to their knees- I’m sure.  And, what resulted from this massive boycott?

The former Word Perfect executive said, among other steps, the Garff company would be formally adopting “a non-discriminatory company policy, even though they are pretty much there already.”

Why, the Garff company is adopting a policy they already practiced–non discrimination.  Yes.  I can see how the gay rights movement is indeed the new “Civil Rights” movement of our time.   And, just how is it, again we who oppose genderless marriage on religious and legal grounds are so full of hate?  Please.


Now gay rights advocates in Utah want the LDS Church to support legislation promoting gay partnership rights in Utah.

Gay right advocates have both demonstrated against and petitioned the church on recent gay rights issues, including the church’s support of Proposition 8 in California — a constitutional amendment to define marriage as just between one man and one woman. Proposition 8 passed in the November election; Utah has already adopted a similar amendment.

McCoy and others want LDS leaders to publicly support a group of bills to be considered in the Legislature that, according to McCoy, would advance gay partnership rights in areas that the church has not opposed in California.

I don’t know.  How much incentive do you suppose Church leaders have at this point to support such legislation,  given the response by some in the gay community to the Church’s involvement in Proposition 8?

polygamy

Canada, which legally protects the rights of same sex partners to engage in state sanctioned genderless marraiges is now criminally prosecuting others who seek to practice polygamy based on their religious beliefs.  The AP is reporting (and is being picked up all over the world) that two polygamous leaders have been arrested and criminally charged in Canada, for practicing polygamy: (more…)

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