LGBT

-KUER News Pod
11:13 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 3, 2013

Another state legislator calls for the resignation of Attorney General John Swallow, more members of the LDS church than ever before participate in the Utah Pride Parade, and a Utah County family lays to rest their fallen soldier.

-KUER News Pod
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013

A long awaited report shows that Utah could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Boy Scouts of America vote to include gay youth, and Latter-day Saints remember the life of Frances Monson.

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Religion
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth

Boy Scouts decorate veteran's graves in Tennessee
Wikimedia Commons

  The Boy Scouts of America has voted to change its policy on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders.  A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.

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Religion
1:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays

Utah National Parks Council Board Member Ken Krogue
Utah National Parks Council

  Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting. 

Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.

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-KUER News Pod
10:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013

West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.

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Religion
2:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses Mormons Building Bridges supporters in the 2012 Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Center

  Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.  This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.

The group Mormons Building Bridges will be joined by the group Mormons for Equality.  In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.

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-KUER News Pod
11:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 9, 2013

Family and friends honor the death of fallen soccer referee Ricardo Portillo, the Great Salt Lake Council discusses gays in the Boy Scouts, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council announces the lineup for the Twilight Concert Series.

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-KUER News Pod
11:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 2, 2013

The Utah Pride Center won’t be getting a scout troop, Utah’s courts open up the door to electronics, and UTA puts into effect fare increases.

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013

A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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KUER Local News
3:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Gay Rights Group to Challenge Utah’s Amendment 3 in Federal Court

Restore Our Humanity Director Mark Lawrence
Andrea Smardon

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A gay rights organization announced Monday it is filing a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah.  The group Restore Our Humanity is seeking to strike down Utah’s Constitutional Amendment 3, which says that marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Antidiscrimination Bill Dies Without a Senate Debate

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake and Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George concede the defeat of SB262
Brian Grimmett

Republican Senator Stephen Urquhart’s LGBT antidiscrimination bill did not receive a vote on the Senate floor Monday, effectively killing it for this year’s legislative session.

By passing out of committee SB262, which would prohibit employers and landlords statewide from discriminating against homosexuals, made it further than any other similar legislation ever has. Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis co-sponsored the bill and while he says that he’s disappointed that it didn’t receive a vote in the Senate, he acknowledges that they’re moving in the right direction.

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-KUER News Pod
2:22 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 8, 2013

A statewide anti-discrimination bill gets preliminary approval, Alliance for a Better Utah files a complaint about Attorney General John Swallow, and the Republican caucus releases their preliminary budget proposal.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Lawmakers Crafting Statewide Anti-Discrimination Bill

Utah lawmakers are reportedly working with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and social rights groups to help pass a statewide law protecting gays and lesbians from housing and employment discrimination.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert told reporters Tuesday he’s not involved in the discussions but will consider the bill.

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KUER Local News
9:23 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Salt Lake City

Same-sex couples stand in line to apply for marriage licenses at the Salt Lake County Clerk's office. (February 14, 2013)
Andrea Smardon

Some Utah couples marked Valentine’s Day with flowers, some even tied the knot, but some gay and lesbian couples in Salt Lake County chose the occasion to bring attention to the fact that they don’t have the right to marry.  Same-sex couples submitted applications for marriage licenses Thursday, knowing that they would be turned away. 

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Religion
5:01 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

LGBT Mormons Try to Bridge Divide through Music

Andrea Smardon

Hundreds of Mormons in Utah participated in gay pride parades across the country this summer.  Now some LGBT Mormons and their supporters have formed a choir in Salt Lake City.  Organizers say they are not pushing a political agenda.  They say they simply want to create a space where all are welcome to sing in praise of God.  But the choir has not been completely welcomed by some Mormon communities. 

On a Wednesday evening at a historic LDS Church in downtown Salt Lake City, about 20 people gather to sing.

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Religion
3:59 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

LGBT Mormon Conference Brings Controversy but also Unity

Gay Morman Josh Weed says he is happily married to his wife, but says other should choose their own path and should not be pressured to change.

Circling the Wagons held its 2nd annual conference over the weekend for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Mormons in Salt Lake City.  The event is intended to be a supportive place for LGBT Mormons and their families, but some were offended by some of the invited speakers, and chose not to attend.

The controversy centered around speaker Josh Weed, a family therapist from Seattle.  He’s an out gay man, and devout Mormon, who says he is happily married to his wife.   Circling the Wagons organizer Anne Peffer said she knew inviting Weed to speak would upset some. 

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KUER Local News
5:09 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

KUER News Pod Friday June 8, 2012

Dan Liljenquist debates Video Clips of Senator Orrin Hatch

The Human Rights Campaign shines the spotlight on LGBT Youth in Salt Lake City

Dan Nailen gets us ready for a weekend filled with music and visual art

And Carl Wimmer returns from Nevada unemployed.

This is your KUER Newspod for Friday June 8, 2012

 

 

 

Education
10:42 am
Fri June 8, 2012

New Human Rights Campaign President Makes First Stop in Salt Lake City

The new President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin makes his first stop in Salt Lake City.

Chad Griffin is brand new on the job as president of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.  And his very first stop is Utah.  Griffin says there’s a reason for that.

“It’s a state that does represent some fairly depressing numbers as it relates to how LGBT people are treated, but it’s also a state that represents some real hope,” said Griffin.

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