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Sun rising at Bears Ears National Monument

Native Americans Organize as Sacred Utah Monument Hangs in Balance

March 12, 2017

Just over 2 months after its inception, a Utah national monument is in danger of having its status revoked.

In his last weeks of office, then-President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres of southwestern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. The act was praised as an important recognition of the land’s spiritual significance for local Native American tribes. National monument status, the coalition of 5 tribes Read more about Native Americans Organize as Sacred Utah Monument Hangs in Balance

A boy scout in uniform posing for the camera

Boy Scouts of America to Allow Transgender Members

February 2, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America has officially opened its membership to transgender boys, the organization announced Monday.

Ending the former policy of accepting members on the basis of the sex listed on their birth certificate, Boy Scouts of America will now register members based on the gender identity listed on their application. In a statement, the group said that they decided the former policy was “no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and Read more about Boy Scouts of America to Allow Transgender Members

Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

August 18, 2016

Last week, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wrote an op-ed in Utah’s Deseret News in an endeavor to woo an unlikely target: Mormons.

In most election years, Democratic presidential candidates do not expend much effort campaigning for the Mormon vote. Consistently right-leaning voters, nearly 80 percent of the self-identified Mormons voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

Indeed, Utah—a heavily Mormon state—has not Read more about Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

April 28, 2016

Last week, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously voted to rename a street in honor of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the state of California. 

Many see the symbolic act—the street lies just a few blocks down the street from the headquarters of the LDS Church—as a stand for LGBT rights in light of the state senate’s recent rejection of a bill that would have bolstered Utah’s hate crimes protection.

In late February, the Read more about After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

December 21, 2015

This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.

As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer. 

Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, posted pictures from the tour and praised the LDS hosts’ Read more about Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

November 23, 2015

Last week, 1500 Mormons gathered to publicly submit their resignations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). After Church authorities distributed new guidelines regarding same-sex parents and their children, many LGBT Mormons and allies are choosing to officially remove their names from the Church registry—the most definitive way to separate oneself from the LDS Church.

In early November, the LDS Church distributed new guidelines to its 30,000 congregations hardening its position against same-sex couples and parents in the church. While the Church does not Read more about With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

Mormon women appointed to high-level councils

Mormon women appointed to high-level councils

August 24, 2015

Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) made history by appointing three female Church officers to its three key high-level leadership councils.

Bonnie Oscarson, Linda Burton, and Rosemary Wixom— general presidents of children and women’s organizations within the Church—will now also serve on the Priesthood and Family, Missionary, and Temple and Family History Executive Councils, respectively. Their new roles, effective immediately, mark the first time women have been invited to participate in this level of leadership of the Mormon Church.

In a Read more about Mormon women appointed to high-level councils

Non-Mormons Given Rare Invitation to Visit Indiana Temple

Non-Mormons Given Rare Invitation to Visit Indiana Temple

July 21, 2015

Those who are interested in exploring a Mormon temple have just three weeks to pack their bags for Carmel, Indiana.

The country’s 148th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) will begin operations in late August and is expecting to serve approximately 30,000 Mormons in Indiana and surrounding states.

Mormon temples differ from Mormon churches, of which there are many across the United States and beyond. While regular weekly Read more about Non-Mormons Given Rare Invitation to Visit Indiana Temple