The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

Lasting change doesn't come in big jumps. It happens through a lot of smaller steps — not all of them smooth or easy.

Last week, the Mormon church took one of those steps when it acknowledged the steady movement toward true equality for gays and lesbians. In a rare press conference, top church leaders expressed support for laws that bar discrimination in housing, employment "and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections."

This was not unequivocal, however. In fact, some have criticized the event as being largely designed to co-opt the call to end discrimination.

That's a fair observation. Read more »

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The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

"We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, values and behaviors in the process," a church elder, Jeffrey R. Holland, said in announcing the church's position. Read more »

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Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

(CNN)In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce.

Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups.

In exchange, the Mormon church wants gay rights advocates -- and the government -- to back off. Read more »

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Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Season of "firsts" including a U.S. opera company premiere, three operas never before seen in Arizona, and twenty company debuts from leading talent
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Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

For the first time, LGBT rights are on the official agenda at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Some participants explain what it means to them.

In 2011, when Beth Brooke-Marciniak came out to her coworkers at Ernst & Young, she says she initially became withdrawn at work. After years of hiding her private life in the office, the global vice chair at EY said she struggled to figure out how to be gay and a business leader at the same time. Read more »

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Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

It may be more than a decade since anti-discrimination legislation was introduced in the UK to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people at work, but the picture for LGB workers worldwide remains bleak. Just a quarter of countries offer similar employment protections and homosexual acts remain illegal in 77 countries and may be punishable by death in 10. With many businesses expanding into lucrative emerging economies where gay rights are still stifled, how can corporations help improve equality in less tolerant societies by creating inclusive workplaces around the world? Read more »

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Denver's Azucar Bakery Under Investigation For Allegedly Refusing To Bake Anti-Gay Cake

Denver's Azucar Bakery Under Investigation For Allegedly Refusing To Bake Anti-Gay Cake

The owner of a Colorado-based bakery is facing a religious discrimination complaint after she refused to bake a cake decorated with anti-gay images and phrases.

Marjorie Silva, who owns Denver's Azucar Bakery, tells USA Today she was approached in March 2014 by a customer named Bill Jack, who requested several Bible-shaped cakes with phrases like "God hates gays" written in icing. In addition, Jack wanted an image of two men holding hands with an "X" on top of at least one of the cakes, according to the report.

"We never refuse service," Silva told My Fox Houston. "We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings." Read more »

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Civilities: A gay college senior asks about coming out on a résumé

Civilities: A gay college senior asks about coming out on a résumé

Dear Civilities: I’m a gay college senior who is comfortably out on campus. Now that I’m looking for a job, I’m wondering whether I should mention it on my résumé, allude to it in a cover letter or bring it up in an interview. I don’t want to closet myself again, or lead a double life, but I’m also afraid that being too out could hurt my chances in the job market. What do you recommend? If I should come out, how do I do that without showing up in a “Love = Love” T-shirt? — Name withheld, Durham, N.C. Read more »

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