The Beehive State Is About to Send a Real Stinger to Your State

Only three days remaining in the Utah State Legislative session. But why should you care?

Because a very bad SOGI bill (sexual orientation – gender identity “nondiscrimination” bill) is making its way on the fast track to passage in Utah.

It is being promoted as the model for the rest of the nation. Indeed, next week a liberal think tank is hosting a meeting in Washington DC to promote it in all 50 states.

If you are in Utah, please contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO, SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty – Urquhart-Adams-Dee

Here is a brief report, plus a report from Family Research Council and why SOGI bills are NOT a matter of civil rights.

You won’t believe who’s who on the liberal Left funding this entire campaign. We must stop it now, and we need your help right away.

About SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty

This bill redefines SEX, does NOT protect individual religious liberty and would seriously harm individual business owners.

It was announced on last week and within 24 hours was on the fast track in Senate hearings. We were not given enough advance notice to research who is behind this bill last week – nor time to bring in our expert witnesses from around the country.

But now we are putting the pieces together. We know who’s behind this bad bill.  The organizations backing this measure as a national model are liberal, Leftist, socialist think tanks that support the Democratic Party with millions of dollars.

Yet, Republicans have been carrying their spears in the Utah State Senate. How could this happen?

These liberal think tanks are not only circling around SB 296 to pass it first in Utah, and not only are they involved in promoting it nationally, but they have been involved in its very development!

This bill does NOT protect the rights of individual religious liberty and conscience.
We will continue to get you as much information as we can as soon as we are able.  We must stop passage of this bill before it gets to your state.

Here’s what Family Research Council said in its Washington Update, Monday, March 9, 2015

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In Beehive State, SOGI Bill Still Stings

While other states slam the brakes on local SOGI (sexual orientation-gender identity) ordinances, Utah is moving stubbornly ahead. Leaders in the state have managed to convince people that they can do something no one else has: strike a balance between special sexuality rights and religious liberty. While small businesses across America continue proving Utah wrong, the Mormon church is intent on pulling the legislation over the finish line.

On Friday, the state Senate voted in a landslide 23-5 to ignore the cautionary tales of the Houston, San Antonio, and Springfield ordinances and give government the license to punish anyone who doesn’t believe in their radical ideas of sexuality. While the LDS church insists the measure carves out exemptions for religious groups, the bill offers about as much coverage as a fig leaf. As usual, the Left trotted out their familiar — but misguided — comparisons between the homosexuality and the racial persecution of times past. “This is the civil rights issue of our time,” one of the Democratic senators exclaimed.

That didn’t sit well with his African-American colleague, Alvin Jackson. Like many, he’s tired of the false — and offensive — comparison between race and sexuality. “To me, their collective efforts have been minimized, when you take that list that has race on it, and you put sexual orientation and gender identity right next to it. I cannot accept that,” he fired back. “I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m proud to say that. But my black Baptist roots won’t allow me to accept what’s in this legislation.”

FRC has tried to put these arguments in perspective, even writing an entire policy brief called, “Homosexuality is not a civil right.” As Peter Sprigg explains, “The stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. have become an inspiring part of American history. It’s not surprising that homosexual activists have tried to hitch their caboose to the ‘civil rights’ train… [But] when homosexual activists talk about their ‘civil rights,’ they are not talking about their constitutional rights, which have never been systematically denied to them as a class (unlike the historical experience of black Americans)…”

Unlike skin color, sexual behavior isn’t immutable, inborn, or involuntary. While homosexuals can change their behavior, a person can’t change his ethnicity. As such, there is no compelling, logical basis for treating homosexuality as a protected category under civil rights laws, or for granting special protection against “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation.” In the civil rights movement, African-Americans were unable to bring about political and cultural change because they were disenfranchised through laws restricting their vote and their voice. The homosexual community that regularly boasts of their political power and financial influence can make no such claim.

Who’s Who Behind Utah’s SOGI Bill, the “national model?”

A Deseret News article sited the Brookings Institution.

Brookings published this article in support of the LDS Church’s bill the day following the Church’s announcement, entitled “Mormon-LGBT civil-rights deal breaks new ground in Utah.” It is a glowing report of the “compromise” and it announces that Brookings is even holding a special event on March 16 to promote the legislation nationally. The event will feature “key players from Utah as well as national experts.”  It gives this link for sign up.

It might be good to know more about Brookings. Some like to call Brookings a “centrist” organization. The group of Republicans in Utah behind Count My Vote, the campaign to destroy the constitutional republican form of elections – the neighborhood caucus – also calls themselves the “centrists,”  “mainstream Republicans.”  They don’t regard the party platform with any more allegiance or loyalty than they do this founding document we call the U. S. Constitution.

Those who oppose the “centrists” are trying to preserve a system that has its roots in the philosophies of the Founders of this nation, which were truly the “centrists” – on the center right of the political spectrum.

These same Utah centrists typically call the Founders old dead men with dead ideas.  To them the US Constitution is in need of constant revision and is a “living” document.

According to this source, in 1916 Brookings originally supported Republican economics and developed the Marshall Plan to help Europe and Japan rebuild after World War II, totaling about $160 billion in today’s dollars.

Today, foreign aid today has become the vehicle for redistribution of the wealth globally, negotiated at the United Nations. I’ve been in those negotiating rooms. I can testify first-hand that they hate the U.S. The primary reason they come to the U.N. is to grab some of that American “wealth.”

Thank you, Brookings?

By the 1960s Brookings was known as the establishment Democrat think tank and supported “Keynesian economics,” Keynes himself being an English Fabian socialist. Keynesian economics is the economics of debt- based federal budgeting and deficit spending.

Today it is alarming to know that Republican politicians so widely accept this liberal, Big government economic concept, the catalyst of the trillions of dollars of debt the United States has built.

This source calls Brookings a “principal Democratic think tank.” Records show that Haim Saban, although pro-Israel, is 155th largest donor to the Democratic Party and has contributed between $5 and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The DNC shows that in the year 2001-2002 Saban “exceeded $10 million, the largest single source up to that time.”

On another front, Brookings was among the front-runners in the 1980s to promote education reform through “school choice,” a popular “Republican” idea.  But wait.   Read this:

The intent was not to keep private schools in the equation of choice, a truly free enterprise concept, but instead to create a new public school that combined private with public vouchers and which would destroy the private school option.

The Brookings website gives an overview of its pro-Big government stance, especially in education – advocating for growing the federal role in Washington, additional funding for early childhood education or pre-kindergarten and more global education, all goals of advocates for what is called “common core” reforms today.

In 1990, Terry Moe and John Chubb wrote a definitive work, Politics, Markets and America’s Schools.

On the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, John Chubb said of their research, “The government is not looking for the privatization of education, bur rather for a system of full public school choice where people will be able to choose among schools that all are playing by the same ground rules. So, the future of private schools that don’t play by the rules is that they will be phased out because they will not be accredited and the children will not be allowed to get into higher education or get jobs.”

Not surprisingly, Brookings has long been an advocate for common core standards.  Need we go further in our longstanding assertion that common core reforms and the annihilation of private schools was all part of the voucher and charter school strategy?

Back to the Deseret News article, citing Jonathan Rauch, a Senior Fellow at Brookings.  Who is he?

Rauch is a radical homosexual, pro-LGBT activist who believes that without marriage no gay person can be whole.  Here’s what he said about this “LGBT – Mormon civil rights deal – breaking new ground for Utah.

Here’s the pro-marriage Witherspoon Institute’s commentary on Rauch’s personal memoir Denial: 25 Years Without A soul.

Another LGBT Activist on Stage with Utah’s New Gay Deal

The news conference endorsing SB 296 also included another person of interest:  Troy Williams.  All smiles he stood on the platform and praised the supporters of this bill, religious leaders and politicians.  Then afterward in his own LGBT press conference, he commented that it was “the first step to getting everything we want,” which he predicted will happen in the next two years.

Praytell, what more do they want beyond being included in a special protected class with those other groups that actually qualify to be there because their characteristics are immutable?

Here is the transcript of the video of Troy speaking at a rally on April 10, 2006 near the Brigham Young University campus and comments by the people that provided the video and transcript:

We all have an opportunity to experience a much-needed dose of reality in the form of Troy Williams, a homosexual (he calls himself queer) who spoke at a Soulforce Equality Ride rally in Provo’s Kiwanis Park April 10, 2006. We were there and videoed the gathering in its entirety.
Troy was the first and by far the most confident and zealous of several speakers who came up to the stage and spoke in the microphone to an audience of over 100. He was introduced as the producer at KRLC of a new local radio show called “Now Queer This.”
He spoke up loud and clear (there’s only one line I couldn’t make out) and what follows is a written transcript I made from our camcorder. Troy appeared to be an all-American, regular kind of guy in his twenties with a shock of blond curly hair, wearing jeans and a BYU parody-type t-shirt under a loose-fitting, faded denim jacket. He seemed at ease in front of people and spoke with a lot of energy and movement, throwing his arms clear out to the sides. These are his exact words (I have added a few emphases and crowd reactions in accordance with his delivery):
“Oh my God, I feel like I’m a latter-day Samuel the Lamanite up on the wall! Don’t throw any arrows at me okay? It’s so cool to be here with you today.
I’m a former BYU student, I’m a returned [LDS] missionary and I’m an out-loud, active queer man. But I have to confess I only attended BYU for one semester after my mission because it was very evident to me very quickly that I didn’t fit in there and the least of those reasons was because of my latent queerness. And when I kinda look around I don’t think it’s a bad thing not fitting in, I think it’s a pretty damn good thing not fitting in.
I’m somebody who chose to be queer. I don’t believe I was born this way. I chose it. And if I was reincarnated tomorrow I would choose it again. (Applause) Being queer is something that I totally want to be. I love it. I don’t believe that being queer is a genetic accident. I don’t believe it’s something I need to apologize for. And I don’t need to make excuses about it. And I don’t believe it is a sin. And I don’t believe that it’s something I need to work to overcome. It’s not a trial, it’s not a burden. Being queer is a blessing, it is a privilege and it is a gift from God.
I want to get this message out to everybody. Queer is good and queer does good for the world. We have so much to teach people about love and compassion. My queer friends are artists, we are musicians, we are actors, we are filmmakers, we are yoga instructors. We are everywhere. We are a powerful creative life force and we will not deny and we will not squelch that. And I think that being queer and the people who are queer around me have an unparalleled understanding of humanity.
I think there’s a big problem that we get into when we start enforcing a victim narrative. We are not victims. Yes, BYU, and yes, the LDS Church may oppress us. They may excommunicate us. They may try to legislate away our freedom. They may work to deny us our civil liberties. But we are not victims.
The Church is a victim of its own fear and its own myopic vision. They cannot see the beauty and the power of those people who they cast from the fold. They can’t remember that they were once a despised minority that were driven, persecuted and killed and we need to remind them of that.
The LDS Church sees us as deviants, sinners, and perverts and I believe that those are some of our best qualities! (Laughter and applause). Don’t buy into their story. Don’t buy into their narrative. You are a powerful, passionate people and you are a conduit for revelation, for spirituality and for life. So own that and be that, all right?
Okay, my last closing comments, this is very important, I need all the cameras to do a zoom-in, this is the dramatic moment,’kay? (Laughter.) I have a proclamation to give to the world. (Derisive laughter.) As a young Mormon boy growing up and some, many, of you have experienced this I’m sure as well, we were all taught that at one time in the future the prophet would once again command his people to live plural marriage. Now we’ve all been taught this, it’s part of Mormon folk theology, it’s Church doctrine, right?
So I want you all to know that when that time comes you latter-day saints when the prophet calls you once again to take multiple wives we in the gay community will stand in solidarity with you to repeal Amendment 3! We will stand in common cause with the Mormons so that you can practice and live your faith according to the dictates of your hearts. We and then we too can marry according to the dictates of our own desires and passions!
We will stand with the latter-day saints when that day comes, right? Right? God bless you all, Queers, Mormons, you are the queerest people out there! (Laughter) I want you to embrace that. . . (now shouting) You have a legacy of plural marriage! You were cast out, you were despised! Join with us! Join in solidarity with the queers! Be one with us and we will be one with you! Thank you.”

Stay tuned for the next segment of who’s who and who’s influencing politics in Utah – and the nation: The Williams Institute at UCLA.  Who are they and why are they contributing to Utah’s New Gay Deal?

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Why the New “Gender Identity” Bill Must Be Stopped

As you know, the Utah Legislature is now nearing the end of the session – one week to go.

A brand new GENDER IDENTITY bill came out Wednesday, March 4, 2015 that redefines SEX and does NOT protect individual religious liberty – SB 296 (Urquhart-Adams) VOTE NO!

This bill is fast-tracked for a hearing as the first item on the agenda at 8 AM Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Please contact ALL Senators immediately. Ask them to VOTE NO on SB 296: Antidiscrimination and Religous Liberty Amendments (Urquhart-Adams).

Talking Points
This bill has several flaws:

1. We need more time to review and inform voters and others who will be affected negatively by this legislation.

For a bill that demands “fairness,” what kind of fairness is there in a thirty-five page bill that dramatically changes the definition of sex to “gender identity” – the first time ever in Utah history – and that has been given less than 24 hours to to review?

In less than 24 hours, we have not had time to bring in expert witnesses from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and Los Angeles – all who were willing to be there to testify.

We have barely had time to get the information to those reading this blog post in time to respond for the scheduled 8 AM hearing.

This is not what we expect from our Utah legislators. This is what happens only in Washington DC, right? Wrong. It’s happening now, right here in UTAH!

2. This bill protects institutions, associations and affiliates, but it leaves you and me – the individual religious adherent vulnerable and “under the bus.”

This is unacceptable. Another bill in the House, HB 322, sponsored by Representative LaVar Christensen and by your colleague Senator Al Jackson in the Senate, has the proper balance and DOES protect individuals. We cannot pass SB 296 without removing this flaw.

The easier and more logical solution is to support HB 322 – Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination Protections when it comes to the Senate.

3.Lines 105-109, page 4: SB 296 uses the DSM-5 definition of “gender identity.” This is the very organization that is trying to shut down therapists and counselors and doctors around the country who desire to help their clients based on their religious beliefs, and we should trust that source to protect our First Amendment liberties?

Even at BYU, the APA accredits the psychology department. The chairman told me that they cannot teach the students any form of therapy that would involve religious teachings if the program is to stay accredited.

In California, it is now against the law for parents to take their minor children who are confused about their sex or struggling with homosexuality to a counselor for help. These therapists are now in the Courts fighting for their First Amendment rights. I serve on their national task force and am following this disturbing trend closely.

Where is the fairness or protection to them in this bill?

In addition, putting this DSM definition into this bill removes not only fairness from the medical field, it ignores the integrity of medical science and ignores the conflict that exists between medical doctors and the DSM.

Solid medical science has proven DNA, which defines whether a person is a male or a female. While surgery can alter physical body parts, it cannot alter DNA. A person is born either male or female.

Yet Utah legislators are about to consider a proposal that undermines the integrity of medical science without hearing from respected doctors who disagree with that definition and who have longitudinal studies they have not been given time to present.

Putting this language into Utah law will leave the therapist or doctor on staff at a hospital unprotected and at risk of discrimination should they are forced to provide services they do not believe in religiously or ethically, as is already happening in California under similar laws.

4. Lines 681-685, P. 23: This bill appears to require employers to provide bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities specifically for the transgendered. Yet the bill has no fiscal note attached. We have no idea what the cost to taxpayers or employers will be, let alone how companies may have to increase their prices to the consumer to accommodate yet another building regulation. There has been no time to get this information to businesses that may be adversely affected.

For this reason alone, we ask for committee members – at the very least – to send SB 296 back to the Rules Committee for analysis.

Holladay Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Proposal, Talking Points & Resources

Here’s a copy of the anti-discrimination ordinance Holladay is reviewing and will vote on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mayor Rob Dahle, Council Members Pat Pignanelli and Jim Palmer all favor this proposal and are misleading citizens on a few points, clarified below, especially the point about the LDS Church endorsing Holladay’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

Talking Points – Use these only as a guide, re-write in your own words.

Unnecessary. Holladay has never had any anti-discrimination ordinance at all;  Federal and State laws cover standard anti-discrimination.  No discrimination complaints of any kind have ever been filed in the City of Holladay.  Under recent anti-discrimination ordinances that have added sexual orientation/gender identity, only three complaints have been filed statewide, and all have been dismissed.  Holladay has demonstrated it is a city of civility, a peaceful and safe community without such an ordinance.  If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!

Intended LGBT consequences. Communities around the nation that have adopted anti-discrimination ordinances covering sexual orientation and gender identity have experienced the consequences of men believing they are women demanding to use the women’s bathroom or locker room. While this may not be anticipated, the LGBT community does intend to radically transform society into an unsafe place full of havoc. This is happening in public schools and is harming minor girls when the school, under these laws, are required to allow a boy who thinks he’s a girl into the bathroom/locker room.

Trans-gender bathrooms have been costly to businesses, and still the LGBT community has not been satisfied and does not want to be “singled out” and has sued in other communities to be treated “equally,” invading privacy and creating an unsafe environment for women. Under this ordinance, those who sincerely believe they are a female when they were born male, can and do force their way into women’s locker rooms and public bathrooms – protected by law. How will the Cottonwood Country Club respond in this situation, a Holladay business where the Mayor has served as President?

Harm to business, community and religious liberty. What will religious and privately-owned Holladay catering businesses or wedding and photography services do when they are asked to cater, host or photograph a gay wedding and it’s against their religious beliefs? Suppose they have minor employees and they do not want to expose those minors to a lifestyle they believe is immoral. How does this ordinance protect the first freedoms of assembly, speech, religion, and the right to earn a living and own property in a free market? Are there options such as gay-owned catering companies that the client could select? Should these businesses be forced by law to serve clients that require them to violate their religious beliefs? Experience in other states with anti-discrimination laws show these protections are lost. This is really a reverse discrimination law. Anti-discrimination laws have created huge lawsuits in the schools and businesses.*

This proposed ordinance goes against its very preamble which states that Holladay promotes prosperity, comfort and convenience and safety.

The LDS Church Endorsement Myth.  At least two members of the Holladay City Council and the Mayor are mistaken that the LDS Church is endorsing this anti-discrimination proposal – or any of the others that have been passed outside of the Salt Lake ordinance.

While it is true that the LDS Church did support the Salt Lake City ordinance, it first exempted itself.  This proposed ordinance provides similar exemptions, but neither ordinance protects the adherents of that faith – or any faith whether Jewish, Muslim or Mormon.

After this flaw was brought to its attention, the LDS Church has been silent on anti-discrimination ordinances since the Salt Lake City ordinance. It also opposes the proposed anti-discrimination legislation in the state legislature.

In fact, the LDS Church stands boldly against “gender identity” as defined in these ordinances. That definition is found in the Proclamation on the Family at  To pass this ordinance will be a violation of religious liberty against the very religion that founded this state in search of religious liberty.

Bad timing. Wait until the 10th Circuit/US Supreme Court has ruled on Amendment 3.  The Utah State legislature has decided not to entertain any anti-discrimination related bills until the court challenge to Utah’s Amendment 3 is decided so as not to negatively or positively influence that outcome.

Utah’s Amendment 3 is clearly written: “Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.” The state legislature or City Councils cannot introduce the idea that sexual orientation or gender identity is simply an emotional state or, an ” internal sense of gender, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth,” [state proposal, line 83] without destroying our state law Amendment 3. Passing this ordinance would be unconstitutional.

*Resources and Examples
Mass Resistance Video and Summary
In Depth Background of Holladay’s Proposed Ordinance
What Is “Gender Identity?”
Paul Mero and Senator Stuart Reid on Anti-Discrimination and Religious Liberty

California’s Referendum on Insanity: Stop Co-Ed Bathrooms

In 1977 I attended the International Womens Year Conference in Normal, Illinois as a delegate. The feminists in attendance laughed at us when we suggested that their logic on equality, defined in the Yale Law Journal, would lead to “unisex” bathrooms. Today it’s a reality. And California is NOT laughing.

A referendum is now in the works to repeal its insane “co-ed” bathroom law, in which students of either sex may enter the opposite sex bathroom just because they “believe.” It’s based on the otherwise innocuous, but really very dangerous, “gender identity” language which includes phrases and terms such as “sincerely-held belief,” “deeply-held belief,” “internal sense” or “perceived orientation” that a person is of another gender than the DNA (the chromosomes, biology, science, medicine) and all logic indicates. Here’s how the 2013 Utah bill read: Continue reading California’s Referendum on Insanity: Stop Co-Ed Bathrooms

Make Way for Transgender High – Wall Street Journal

SB 262- Utah’s Proposed Anti-Discrimination Law Suffers Sudden Death on Senate Floor.

If you are questioning what could possibly be wrong with treating everyone fairly?  I agree, but that’s the point.  That is not what this is about.  The Wall Street Journal explains: Continue reading Make Way for Transgender High – Wall Street Journal