FROM Jim Dabakis
The "Utah Compromise" It's been seven years since the Mormon Church financed the anti-gay-marriage measure Proposition 8, in California. Times have changed. Last Thursday, after less than a week of deliberations, that same Mormon Church — which dominates the State of Utah — supported a law prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing against lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgender people. It was passed 88 to 15 by a legislature with only one openly gay member, and was signed by the Mormon Governor Gary Herbert. There are gaping loopholes. For example, religious organizations — including the Mormon Church — are exempted, even though they are major employers. We hear why LGBT leaders are hailing it as the best they can get in Utah's "unique legal climate."
The Mormon Church and Gay Rights Seven years ago, the Mormon Church was a major organizer and financial sponsor behind the anti-gay-marriage measure Prop 8. The proposition passed but was later overturned by the California Supreme Court. Then yesterday, leaders of the Mormon Church announced that they supports employment and housing protections for LGBT people. That announcement came after talks between the church and other groups that began after Prop 8. We hear from an openly gay lawmaker who was involved in those discussions.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?