Tag: marriage equality

Better Utah commends Judge Scott Johansen for his decision to retire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Better Utah commends Judge Scott Johansen for his decision to retire – – – – – Salt Lake City, Utah – Late last week, Judge Scott Johansen retired from his position with the Seventh District Juvenile Court system. Judge Johansen’s retirement comes after a number of Johansen’s controversial

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Marriage equality in Utah will unify, not divide

Salt Lake City — In light of this morning’s news from the Supreme Court, Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, has issued a statement. Better UTAH submitted an amicus brief in support of marriage equality when Utah’s case was heard before the 10th Circuit. “We share in the joy thousands of

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On political end zone dances

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– When a football player makes a touchdown they sometimes perform what is known as an end zone dance.  The player is excited, they just scored a goal, they want to revel a bit, so many of them

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Haters gonna hate

There is a saying, “If you don’t have enemies, you’re not doing it right.” You never know what is going to make people react. We’ve been around now for over three years. We’ve worked on redistricting, guns, sex-ed, corruption in the Attorney General’s office, less-than-ethical elected officials, just to name a few. But it took

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Exclusive analysis of 10th Circuit’s marriage equality ruling

Last week the 10th Circuit ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. For most of us with day jobs, reading through the full 108-page ruling is an unlikely undertaking. We asked Courtney Bowman, one of the attorneys who helped draft our own amicus brief in the case, to provide an insider summary. This summary can also be

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April Fools’ Day and we’re not laughing

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– It’s April Fools’ Day, but you won’t be seeing any pranks from us. Though we’re usually a playful bunch in our approach to politics (it’s really the only way for moderates to stay sane in Utah), we’re

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Alliance for a Better UTAH files amicus brief in Amendment 3 appeal

Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH filed a friend of the court brief today in support of District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 violates the U.S. Constitution. Maryann Martindale, executive director, has released the following statement: “Utah’s political system, dominated as it is by one political

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Better UTAH to file amicus brief in Amendment 3 appeal

Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH announced today it will file a friend of the court brief in support of District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 violates the U.S. Constitution. Maryann Martindale, executive director, has released the following statement: “Our decision to file an amicus brief

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Kanter: We need a reasoned tone in same-sex marriage debate

The debate over same-sex marriage has brought out the very worst in some of us. The Editorial Board at the Standard-Examiner is the exception. Josh Kanter, founder of Better UTAH, discussed the Standard-Examiner’s approach to ensuring civil, Utah values-based discussion of same-sex marriage in a recent op-ed. In what should be required reading for all

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