Petty scorekeeping kept Utah from a needed hate-crimes law

This originally appeared as an Op-Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune on March 19, 2016.  Most Americans embrace the idea of balance. We seek to be well-rounded individuals, we try to harmonize the demands of career and family, we value communities that are diverse. In philosophy, the ancient Greek principle of The Golden Mean refers to … Continue reading Petty scorekeeping kept Utah from a needed hate-crimes law

Apostle’s WCF speech is opportunity to deliver LDS message of inclusion

The following was published in the Salt Lake Tribune on September 5th 2015.  It was disheartening to hear that Elder M. Russell Ballard has accepted an invitation from the World Congress of Families to be a keynote speaker at their conference in Salt Lake City in October. Although there are positive ways the WCF seeks to … Continue reading Apostle’s WCF speech is opportunity to deliver LDS message of inclusion

Start a conversation with someone on the other side of LGBT debate

The following was published in the Salt Lake Tribune on July 11 2015.  When the Supreme Court announced its decision legalizing same-sex marriage, the national media's declarations that life in the United States had changed overnight quickly became, in my opinion, a tired cliché. Such oversimplification ignores both the generations of LGBT activists who have … Continue reading Start a conversation with someone on the other side of LGBT debate

Anti-gay World Congress of Families should not be welcomed here

The following op-ed appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on Nov 2, 2014.  At first glance, the upcoming conference of the World Congress of Families slated for Salt Lake City in October 2015 seems like a logical fit for our state. The group promotes what they call "the natural human family." According to Larry Jacobs … Continue reading Anti-gay World Congress of Families should not be welcomed here

My view: Balancing personal conviction and compassion for same-sex couples

I wrote the following for the Deseret News on 7/27/14. As the issue of same-sex marriage makes its way through the federal courts, its opponents face a dilemma: If you believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, what should your attitude be toward same-sex couples who may be neighbors, coworkers, … Continue reading My view: Balancing personal conviction and compassion for same-sex couples

Letter to the Editor: Parade debate is a welcome values discussion

My letter to the Tribune was published on on June 6 2014. The Salt Lake City Council's debate about the Days of '47 Parade Committee's rejection of Mormons Building Bridges' entry is instructive. While we agree with the ACLU's letter to the council that a private, not-for-profit organization like the Days of '47, Inc., has … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Parade debate is a welcome values discussion