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The New Post-Homophobic Christianity
07/05/2015
Most Christians are going to adapt to the new America just fine.
The Daily Beast

 

HATE WINS: OREGON STATE ISSUES GAG ORDER AGAINST OPPOSING GAY MARRIAGE
07/03/2015
In a sign of the overt fascism and religious persecution to come in the wake of a Left emboldened by the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling, a judge in Oregon has issued a gag order denying two Christian bakery owners from speaking out against same sex marriage.
Breitbart

 

Salt Lake City — (KUTV) The question was simple, and thWorld Congress of Families say it is not a hate group
07/01/2015
Salt Lake City — (KUTV) The question was simple, and the answer succinct.
KUTV

 

World Congress of Families is exporting hate, LGBT group says
06/28/2015
Two years ago, assailants shot Dmitry Chizhevsky with an air rifle as he was leaving an LGBT community meeting in Russia, blinding him in the left eye.
SL Trib

 

Dueling Conferences on “Family” Come to Salt Lake City in October
06/27/2015
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – a national gay and transgender rights group - is sponsoring an Inclusive Families Conference in Salt Lake City. Organizers say it's meant to counter a World Congress of Families event scheduled in October.
KUER

 

HRC takes on The World Congress of Families
06/27/2015
Calling the World Congress of Families a “nefarious and hateful group of extremists,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin held a press conference with local and international stakeholders in Salt Lake City today outside the Utah State Capitol Building. WCF, which says it “affirms and defends the natural family as the fundamental unit of civilizations,” will host its worldwide congress at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City in October. Griffin also announced its sponsorship of a gathering of local leaders, citizens, and advocates that promotes a positive vision of LGBT people and their families.
QSalt Lake

 

National LGBT group denounces World Congress of Families conference
06/27/2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The Human Rights Campaign announced Saturday it will hold its own conference to spread the message of love and acceptance to counter what it said is the hateful bias promoted by the World Congress of Families and its "world gathering" planned in Salt Lake City this fall.
KSL

 

Utah lawmaker: Does logic behind gay-marriage ruling open door to ‘polygamy, bestiality’?
06/26/2015
The Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country has some Utah lawmakers looking at doing away with state-sanctioned marriage altogether and has one legislator warning it could create a slippery slope to people marrying animals.
SL Trib

 

Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states
06/26/2015
Washington • The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
SL Tribune

 

Anti-gay legislation pushed at state level ahead of SCOTUS decision
06/24/2015
Ahead of ruling on same-sex marriage, legislators in Michigan, North Carolina and Louisiana move to limit LGBT rights
Aljazeera

 

California can refuse anti-gay ballot initiative, judge rules
06/23/2015
The author of a proposed California ballot initiative advocating the murder of gays and lesbians should not be authorized to gather signatures to place it before voters, a judge in the state capital of Sacramento has ruled.
Reuters

 

IBM Punishes Louisiana For Governor's Anti-Gay Executive Order
06/21/2015
When Louisiana state lawmakers were considering the so-called “Marriage and Conscience Act,” a bill that would have provided “religious liberty” protections for anybody who discriminates against same-sex couples, they didn’t see the same kind of national backlash as Indiana did when it considered a similar pro-discrimination bill earlier this year. But one company, IBM, made it clear that it opposed the bill. Though the legislation failed last month, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who is expected to announce his candidacy for president this week, implemented the reforms through executive order instead. Now, IBM is firing back.
Think Progress

 

Couples, officials, foes readying for Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
06/21/2015
CINCINNATI >> With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.
Lost Angeles Daily News

 

Southern Baptists Declare “War” on Equality as Members Flee
06/18/2015
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. But not for much longer. In an effort to further dig its anti-civil-rights heels into the ground, the SBC passed an anti-equality resolution over the last week. The statement explains that Southern Baptists will refuse to recognize the Supreme Court’s definition of marriage if it includes same-sex couples.
Care2

 

Antigay Russian Lawmaker Takes Aim At Game Of Thrones
06/17/2015
italy Milonov has appealed to the Culture Ministry to devise a system to brand any film containing what he sees as deviant Western values as "harmful," while also listing the TV shows he feels should be banned.
Radio Free Europe

 

Scott Lively lawyers in 'crimes against humanity' case want more information from plaintiffs
06/16/2015
SPRINGFIELD - Lawyers in the federal "crimes against humanity" lawsuit against anti-homosexuality pastor Scott Lively continue to wrangle over which information should be made public in the case, and how public that information should be.
Mass Live

 

Scott 'Kill the Gays' Lively In Federal Court Facting 'Crimes Against Humanity' Charges
06/16/2015
Extreme anti-gay Christian pastor Scott Lively, the American architect of Uganda’s notorious “kill the gays” legislation, is in federal court today facing charges of “crimes against humanity.”
Patheos

 

Massive “God Loves Gays” Billboards Finally Pop Up In Utah
06/16/2015
“Perhaps a few Utahan LGBTQ teens struggling with their identity will see the message ‘God Loves Gays’ and feel a little better,” the anonymous organizer told BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed

 

God Loves Gays Billboard Shines Over Salt Lake City
06/16/2015
The God Loves Gays billboard is intended to send a positive message of love into the world. Love is more powerful than hate. Perhaps the 'God Loves Gays' message will make a few people think about their beliefs. Or perhaps a few Utah LGBTQ teens struggling with their identity will see the message 'God Loves Gays' and feel a little better. Who knows? Maybe it swings the Supreme Court's vote this summer in favor of gay marriage. Maybe later it changes the Mormon Church's mind on gay marriage too. You never know! God is an idealist and it certainly doesn't hurt to try.
Huffington Post

 

Gay marriage: Backlash for Canberra couple who vowed to divorce if made legal
06/16/2015
Canberra couple Nick and Sarah Jensen had hoped to spread the good word of the gospel when they appeared on the front page of a local newspaper vowing to divorce if gay marriage became legal.
The Sydney Morning Herald

 

44,500 People, Including Two Presidential Candidates, Vow To Defy The Supreme Court On Marriage Equality
06/15/2015
The group placed a full page advertisement in the Washington Post last week, stating, “we will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”
Think Progress

 

Antigay Minnesota Archbishop Resigns; Accused of Mishandling Abuse Claims
06/15/2015
John Nienstedt resigned today from the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, after the archdiocese was charged with failing to protect children from sexual abuse by priests.
Advocate

 

July Fourth events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest
06/14/2015
Philadelphia • On the Fourth of July 50 years ago, when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a same-sex couple's public declaration of love put their lives and livelihoods at risk, about 40 people took a stand by staging a peaceful protest in front of Independence Hall.
SL Tribune

 

LGBT ally Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank forced from office
06/11/2015
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker asked for and received Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank’s resignation over his handling of a sexual harassment case involving three women. Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* community feels they have lost an ally.
Q Salt Lake

 

Poll: Most Americans expect Supreme Court to OK gay marriage
06/11/2015
New York • Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll.
SL Tribune

 

Young Delta, Utah man robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arm, forced to drink bleach
06/11/2015
A young man in Delta, Utah was robbed, had “Die Fag” carved into his arm with a knife, and was forced to drink bleach on a Saturday night in late April, but it doesn’t stop there.
Q Salt Lake

 

Mike Lee urges local, federal laws for religious protection in coming gay-rights fights
06/10/2015
Advocates for same-sex marriage may be winning the debate in America but those who support only heterosexual unions still need to fight to protect themselves from government intrusion, Utah Sen. Mike Lee argued Thursday in calling for a movement to pass religious-liberty legislation in cities, states and Congress.
SL Tribune

 

Pride Parade lets Utah’s LGBT community celebrate major milestones
06/07/2015
Utah's LGBT community had a lot to celebrate at this year's pride festival, and they did it with thousands of friends at Sunday's Pride Parade, the capstone of the three-day festival.
SL Tribune

 

Op-ed: This Pride Day, all Utahns have reason to be proud
06/06/2015
By Paul C. Burke, John W. Mackay and Brett L. Tolman
SL Tribune

 

Inclusive Families Conference
10/23/2015
Join us as we celebrate the rich diversity of families, especially “non-traditional families” such as: Same-sex couples, married and unmarried Families with members who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Families with members who have exceptional gender identity / expression Families with mixed ethnic, racial and religious identities Street families / Homeless youth families Families led by elders, adoptive, differently-abled, matriarchal, multi-generational families, and more!
Link to the EventSalt Lake City

 


Family & Faith LGBT Power Summit [Be You Be Welcoming]
10/20/2015
Across the country anti-LGBT organizations are utilizing faith as way to solidify harmful and discriminatory laws and legislation that directly and negatively affect LGBT people. This four-day Family & Faith LGBTQ Power Summit will provide skills, strategy and capacity building to defend against attacks such as religious exemption legislation. We will build support for LGBTQ people and our families by launching transformational public education programs. More information is coming Oct 20 - Oct 23
Link to the EventSalt Lake City

 


2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions
10/15/2015
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an organization that represents 80 nations and 50 religions. Restore Our Humanity believes this organization to be one who represents the genuine religious communities in our world. This organization is open, welcoming and affirmative to all. They do not promote messages of hostility or exclusion as many so called faith based organizations do. We feel that the Parliament of the World’s Religions promotes a very significant message that may provide growth and comfort for those in our community who are persons of faith who may feel rejected or disparaged by those religions that are not welcoming and supportive. Restore Our Humanity will work to promote and endorse this event which occurs in October.
Link to the EventSalt Lake City

 


Utah Pride 2015
06/06/2015
Thursday June 4 to Sunday June 7 Washington & Library Squares Salt Lake City Utah
Link to the EventSalt Lake City

 


Come Drink with Dan
06/02/2015
On June 2nd we will again be congregating at Piper Down to celebrate progress and equality. Our celebrity bartender this month is Dan Ellis Regional Director with American Atheists. Dan is a huge supporter of the LGBT community as is Atheists of Utah and American Atheists. Join the heathens of Utah in kicking off Pride week and raising money for Restore Our Humanity and All Families Coalition. Cheers!
Link to the EventPiper Down 1492 S StateSt. Salt Lake City Utah 84115

 


Come Swill with Gill
04/28/2015
On April 28th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to determine whether states will be allowed to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them the right to marry or refusing to recognize same-sex couples who married in other jurisdictions. This promises to yield one of the justices most important rulings of the year.
Link to the EventPiper Down 1492 S StateSt. Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

 


Painting With a Twist
02/18/2015
Restore Our Humanity is a grass roots human rights group. Our mission statement is "Strengthening Utah communities, defending human rights". The money we raise will go to community involvement projects and education programs. Our organization had an active role in bringing Marriage Equality to Utah.We will offer wine and beer education for this class. 21+ please.Come paint for a great cause, Utah!
Link to the EventPiper Down 1492 S StateSt. Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

 


Restore Our Humanity Mass Anniversary Party
01/17/2015
Join us for the party to celebrate the first anniversary of all of those who were married as a result of the overturning of Amendment 3 A celebration of love and equality Music food cocktails Announcement of the ROH Humanitarian Awards Proudly sponsored by Le Croissant Catering
Link to the EventThe Leonardo 209 East 500 South SLC

 


The Restore Our Humanity CR Tracker (civil rights tracker), is a tool that anyone in the State of Utah can use to report events or potential offenses of civil rights in the areas of public accommodations in both government or the private sector of business, or discrimination in employment or housing. We strongly encourage anyone who feels they may have been a target of discrimination, to use this important tool.


The CR Tracker is not legal advice or a legal service, and should not be treated as such. The information on this application is provided ‘as is’ without any representations or warranties, express or implied Restore Our Humanity makes no representations or warranties in relation to the legal information on this website.
You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to legal advice from your attorney or other professional legal services provider.
If you have any specific questions about any legal matter you should consult your attorney or other professional legal services provider.
You should never delay seeking legal advice, disregard legal advice, or commence or discontinue any legal action because of information on this website.
Nothing in this legal disclaimer will limit any of our liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law, or exclude any of our liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.
If you have any questions about using the tracker please contact us at 385-202-6066.

 


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All Families Coalition

As a response to the World Congress of Families visit in Salt Lake City this coming October, Restore Our Humanity has chosen to give a voice to the families in Utah that may feel disenfranchised or marginalized by those who promote a message of exclusion and disapproval. 20% of the children living in Utah live in single parent families and there are many families who live and prosper outside of non-traditional families. We have chosen to stand for these families and to give them a voice. We have established the All Families Coalition to speak for and on behalf of those who feel disparaged by those who call themselves 'pro-family' groups. All Families


Restore Our Humanity 2015 Judicial Survey

In the past few years with marriage equality, non-discrimination and most likely upcoming legislation that may result in public accommodation laws which may be corrupted with religious liberty amendments, we feel that Utahans deserve to know if the Judiciary are both aware of and in compliance with Judicial Code of Ethics rule 3.6 which mandates that "[a] judge shall not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation." To address these concerns, Restore Our Humanity has surveyed all Utah State Judges. The results of this survey are posted here.


CR Tracker

The next issue that we will most likely be looking at in Utah will be legislation which may potentially change our public accommodations laws. [Within U.S. law, public accommodations are generally defined as entities, both public and private, that are used by the public. Examples include retail stores, rental establishments and service establishments, as well as educational institutions, recreational facilities and service centers. Private clubs and religious institutions were exempt. However, in 1984, the United States Supreme Court declared the previously all-male Junior Chamber International, a chamber of Commerce organization for persons between the ages of eighteen and thirty-six, to be a public accommodation, which compelled the admission of women into the ranks.] Restore Our Humanity has developed the CR Tracker so that all Utah citizens have a tool to use to report and record possible infractions of person and civil rights in the realm of public accommodation. The results of this program will be compiled and made available when debates on this subject being with the legislature.


BSA (Boy Scouts of America)

By promoting their discriminating policies that exclude LGBT people from being leaders in the BSA, the organization is promoting dangerous and harmful misconception that LGBT people are in some way a threat or a danger to the Boy Scouts. 1. Excluding leaders after 18 years old from serving promotes the lie that there is an impending threat to the Boy Scouts. 2. The policy forwards the mythology that pedophilia which is primarily a heterosexual disorder, is a hazard that exists in the LGBT community. These policies are based upon deception and falsehoods. This deceit hurts LGBT citizens and we feel compelled to respond to it. Although the BSA has the right to discriminate based upon their own antediluvian principles, they do not have the right to benefit from United States Taxpayers dollars while openly discriminating against us. Restore Our Humanity is working to find a way to address these with the BSA and compel the BSA to drop their exclusionary and odious policies.


2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

October 15 – 19, 2015 Salt Lake City. The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an organization that represents 80 nations and 50 religions. Restore Our Humanity believes this organization to be one who represents the genuine religious communities in our world. This organization is open, welcoming and affirmative to all. They do not promote messages of hostility or exclusion as many so called faith based organizations do. We feel that the Parliament of the World’s Religions promotes a very significant message that may provide growth and comfort for those in our community who are persons of faith who may feel rejected or disparaged by those religions that are not welcoming and supportive. Restore Our Humanity will work to promote and endorse this event which occurs in October. 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions


Inclusive Families Conference

Restore Our Humanity will promote and support the Second Annual Inclusive Families Conference October 23 & 24, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Inclusive Families Conference aims to highlight and celebrate the rich diversity of families, especially those families who love and accept each other despite divergent beliefs and attitudes, “non-traditional families” and those families which may be marginalized or excluded by others. These families include same-sex couples, those with members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, identify as transgender (LGBT), or have exceptional gender identity/expression, families with mixed ethnic, racial and religious identities, street families (homeless youth families), families led by elders, adoptive, differently-abled, matriarchal, multi-generational families, and others. Inclusive Families


Faith and Family LGBT Power Summit

Restore Our Humanity will promote and advertise the Faith & Family LGBT Power Summit, to be held in Salt Lake City on October 20 – 23, 2015. BE YOU, BE WELCOMING. Across the country anti-LGBT organizations are utilizing faith as way to solidify harmful and discriminatory laws and legislation that directly and negatively affect LGBT people. This four-day Family& Faith LGBTQ Power Summit will provide skills, strategy and capacity building to defend against attacks such as religious exemption legislation. We will build support for LGBTQ people and our families by launching transformational public education programs. More information is coming. National LGBT Task Force

Restore Our Humanity is a 501 (c) 4 Donations are not deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes.
Restore Our Humanity works to further human rights in Utah through community education and partnerships




Phone 385-202-6066     Restore Our Humanity PO Box 65113 Salt Lake City, Utah 84165


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Restore Our Humanity is an all volunteer organization. We have no paid or salaried staff.


The executive board of Restore Our Humanity

Mark Lawrence is the founder and director of Restore Our Humanity. He helped bring Restore into existence from a small discussion group that began in a coffee shop in July 2012. In that time, he has helped build and develop Restore Our Humanity into a recognized non-profit organization that is focused on Human Rights in Utah. As Restore Our Humanity moves forward in the State of Utah, Mark hopes for stronger community understanding and involvement in the important issues that we face on a daily basis. Issues of equality and fairness for all of our families and citizens. Mark looks forward to continuing as activist and exploring new challenges and pissing off the conservatives. Mark embraces the secular humanist philosophy and rather than wearing religion on his sleeve, has it tattooed on his hand.


Mark@RestoreOurHumanity.org

Kate Call joined Mark and a few of his friends in the early days of what later became Restore Our Humanity. She was the original plaintiff in the Kitchen v. Herbert marriage equalitylawsuit, and is currently an ROH board member. She and her wife, Karen Archer, traveled to Iowa to marry in July 2011. They joined the lawsuit in an effort to have their legal Iowa marriage recognized in their home state of Utah. Born in Wisconsin, Kate then moved to Monterrey, Mexico with her parents, who were LDS mission presidents there. At the age of 12 she moved with them to Provo, Utah, where her father had obtained a faculty position in food science and dairy chemistry at Brigham Young University. She's lived in Utah ever since.Karen, a retired OB/GYN, currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she is undergoing therapy for a chronic disease. Kate is currently a staff member at University of Utah, where she hopes to retire. . . soon.


Kate@RestoreOurHumanity.org

Sara Kramer, executive board member and events coordinator. Sara has three boys, ages 25, 22 and 17. Sara was raised LDS, was married in the temple and graduated from BYU. She has since rectified those errors and has become a heathen and an atheist. ( Yay Sara !) Sara has a passion for activism and believes that civil equality and the elimination of discrimination against the LGBT community is something we can accomplish. Sara wants to show the people of Utah that we have significant things to say and we can benefit our community in many ways. She wants to continue ROH’s commitment to community service and promote our social activities so the LGBT community in Utah knows that they have a support system and a place to belong.


Sara@RestoreOurHumanity.org

Carolyn Ferro is an executive board member and the Community Outreach Coordinator for Restore Our Humanity. Carolyn moved from a tiny, rural town north of San Francisco to the Salt Lake Valley in 2010. She, along with her two teenage children, settled into suburbia.However, after experiencing California’s fight for human rights and marriage equality during Prop 8, and enjoying the advantage of raising her children in a culturally diverse environment, living in an area where her family felt the exclusion of being different from the majority was often hurtful. After attending a fundraiser for Restore Our Humanity and meeting the Board of Directors, Carolyn knew she had found not only the family and community she was seeking, but a way to work with others dedicated to bringing positive changes for the betterment of all Utahns.Carolyn also enjoys sharing her love of textile art with others and is an advocate for the blind and visually impaired.


Carolyn@RestoreOurHumanity.org


Angie Shunk is an executive board member and fundraising coordinator. She married her wife, Stacey, in NYC in 2012. They are thrilled to have just adopted their first child, ZaKai. Angie has traveled around the world and was less than pleased when she found her job bringing her to Utah in 2013. However, she soon discovered the equality Utah now offers thanks to the work of Restore Our Humanity... Thus, she wanted to give back and assist Restore's commitment to human rights in Utah!!


Angie@RestoreOurHumanity.org

Restore Our Humanity started as a small discussion group in Salt Lake City in July 2012. As any authentic grass-roots group begins, Restore started with a small group of volunteers with a single vision in mind; to begin the process of bringing Utah’s amendment 3 to an end and to bring Marriage Equality to Utah. Restore Our Humanity took up the baton as it was handed to us, in a marathon for equal rights that began in the late 1960s at bar in New York City called The Stonewall Inn. We passed the baton to the next generation of runners when the Federal Courts struck down Utah's Amendment 3 and declared Marriage Equality for all of Utah's residents. Today we stand as committed as ever to helping all citizens of Utah as we move forward with the eventual goal of unrestricted civil rights, basic human dignity and unconditional equality for all citizens of Utah and all of Utah’s families. There is still work to be done but together we can make Utah better for everyone.

Restore Our Humanity 2015

In April of 2015, Restore Our Humanity surveyed 200 Utah Judges by mail. The survey only pertains to Utah Judicial Code of Ethics Rule 3.6. It was our intention to ascertain that Utah Judges know the code and adhered to it.

Rule 3.6- Affiliation with Discriminatory Organizations

[1] A judge shall not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. A judge’s membership in a religious organization as a lawful exercise of the freedom of religion is not a violation of this Rule.

[2] An organization is generally said to discriminate invidiously if it arbitrarily excludes from membership on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, persons who would otherwise be eligible for admission. Whether an organization practices invidious discrimination is a complex question to which judges should be attentive. The answer cannot be determined from a mere examination of an organization’s current membership rolls, but rather, depends upon how the organization selects members, as well as other relevant factors, such as whether the organization is dedicated to the preservation of religious, ethnic, or cultural values of legitimate common interest to its members, or whether it is an intimate, purely private organization whose membership limitations could not constitutionally be prohibited, such as scouting organizations.

[3] When a judge learns that an organization to which the judge belongs engages in invidious discrimination, the judge must resign immediately from the organization.

[4] This Rule does not apply to national or state military service.


The Purpose of the Survey


Marriage equality is now the law in Utah. There are many outlying and rural townships and remote area’s where LGBT families may live. As we move further towards our families gaining full rights and benefits of marriage laws, some families may need to rely on the courts and judges to complete the process. Whether a officiant at a wedding or completion of a second parent adoption, people should have the right to know what to expect when standing before a judge. In some cases it might be necessary to request a Judge recuse himself or herself from a case if the Judge in question belongs to an organization such as The Utah Eagles Forum or The Sutherland Institute, as both are known to berate the LGBT community.

See the Results

Justice for all Survey

1. Excluding any religious affiliation, are you a member of any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation? If so, please identify all such organizations.

2. Do you disclose to all persons appearing in your court your affiliations, if any, with organizations that discriminate on the basis of race,sex, gender, religion, national orgigin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation?

3. Do you recuse from cases involving persons from groups against which discrimination is practiced by any organizations of which you are a member?

4. If you are a member of an organiztion (other than any religious affiliation) that discriminates on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, please explain how and why any such organization’s discrimination os mpt invidious.


The Results

There were 199 Judges surveyed

To date 6 [3.02 %], of the surveys have been returned.

Display the results of the survey Display all Judges Surveyed

[N/A Not Applicable] [NR No Response]


Proclamation of Humanity

 

The family is the fundamental foundation for all societies and civilizations. Indeed the basic fabric of social well-being and the future of all civilization(s) are dependent upon the protection of the family. On this we all agree.

 

There are those who cling to a monolithic ideology of what a family should be. They refer to this ideology as the “Natural Family” or “Traditional Family”. Contention of these definitions do not come from those who choose to follow a more enlightened or flexible definition, but from those who wish to force this ideology onto others using means that are less than honest and have little or no rationality. In today’s world, families and family definitions are not exclusive and cannot be defined by a single inflexible ideal. If this ideology were truly the best path to rear and raise a family its proponents would have no need to resort to multi-million dollar campaigns hiding behind the guise of piety and charged with deceit and attacking anyone or any segment of the population who do not share their short-sighted and provincial ideology.

 

The definition of family has already undergone a transformation with the proliferation of divorced and single parent households. There is nothing natural or traditional about those families according to those who oppose equality, and yet society has managed to move on and thrive. Society today is too sophisticated to restrict families and family structures to such a confining definition as "Natural Families" and "Traditional Families." Those who refuse to expand and accept broadening the modern family structure are the very ones who are placing families in harm’s way.

 

Communities are made up of individuals who have their own path and their own journey that coalesce into a general direction for society. The direction now is for inclusion rather than exclusion. The fact is, some individuals may not desire or have the ability to produce children. Does that make them less equal?

 

It is the responsibility of all community members to provide support, safety and protection for all families. As they say, "it takes a village". When the community is subjected to discrimination or intolerance all families are harmed and society in general is wounded. Communities cannot grow and prosper in harmony where discrimination and prejudice exist.

 

Those who oppose equality, predict a catastrophic demise of the “traditional” or “natural family” simply because of the inclusion of those that wish to share in the human right of building and establishing families that deserve full recognition and the acceptance of the community and its laws.

 

Threats to “traditional” families do not come from loving single parents or committed couples in same sex relationships, but rather sky-rocketing divorce rates, drug abuse, poverty, spousal and child abuse, as well as a lack of quality education, jobs, healthcare and basic needs for the disadvantaged. Communities should focus on these maladies instead of debating equality.

 

Churches, schools and the public square are in no danger of being forced to act contrary to their beliefs or doctrine. Allowing equality and fairness to all members of the community strengthens society and enhances the moral fiber of the entire community.

 

Religious liberties are not jeopardized by equality. Opponents of fairness and equality introduce distorted messages and lies with the objective of implanting fear and distress into the population with the notion that religious freedom is under attack. The truth is, religious freedoms have never been included in public accommodation statutes and they cannot be incorporated in public accommodation laws now. The idea of protecting religious beliefs in public accommodation is short sighted and reckless and at odds with the secular ideals set forth in the Constitution. In fact, religious freedoms are strengthened and enhanced when all religious liberties are protected impartially. It would be impossible to achieve honest religious freedom if personal religious beliefs where incorporated into the public accommodation statutes.

 

We call on Utah’s citizens to denounce these attacks upon our communities. All of Utah’s families deserve equal protection and the opportunity to grow and flourish. Organizations both outside of our borders as well as in Utah, work tirelessly to create animosity and malice towards citizens who do not cohere to their rigid and ill-conceived notions. Restore Our Humanity will monitor and continue to investigate these organizations. Hostility and bitterness should find no comfort in Utah’s communities.

  

Friends of Humanity Utah

These are a few of the projects that you are supporting when you become a Friend of Humanity Utah

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  • Our Civil Rights Tracker
  • Support of the All Families Coalition
  • Our Public Education Campaigns
  • Public Education on Anti-LGBt issues
  • Boy Scouts of America non-discrimination project


As a friend of Humanity you will have Special VIP access to our 2016 Mass Anniversary Party.

You will also be our guests at our annual Shelby Friday Celebration in December, and you will be part of the nonminating committee for our annual Restore Our Humanity community services awards at the Mass Anniversary Party.


 

Alternate Donation Methods



If you would prefer to use PayPal to make your donation, please click the Donate button.



You can also become friend of humanity by texting 145fund to 50155. 145 is a grass roots donation campaign of Restore Our Humanity



The Friends of Humanity Utah Program is a 12 month pledge. We ask for $5 a month for 12 months but you can pledge any amount you wish.


1. Fill out your personal information

2. Enter any amount you wish $5, $10, $15

3. How often do you want to make this donation? (Monthly for 12 times)

4. Starting any day you want

5. Enter your credit or debit card information and then have someone you love give you a big hug!

You are a friend of humanity Utah

 

Restore Our Humanity Org is a 501(c)4, donations made to this organization are not deductable for Federal Income Tax purposes

Courtesy of Equality Case Files  

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