BREAKING: Majority of Utahns Support Gay Marriage, New Poll Confirms

Last week I released a poll about support for marriage equality in Utah to update a two-year-old study from BYU that has frequently been used as a proof point countering Judge Shelby’s ruling on Amendment 3 in Utah. The first poll found that in two year’s time, 13% of Utahns switched their opinions from only supporting civil unions to supporting full civil marriage equality. One criticism about my methodology has…

Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Utah at Record High – 41%

In February 2012 BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy conducted an update to their tracking poll asking residents of Utah the same questions that the NYTimes/CBS Poll asks. “Which of the following comes closest to your view?” Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry. Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry. There should be no legal recognition of a gay…

GOP 2.0: How the Internet is Forcing the Republican Party to Modernize

As some of you readers have heard me joke, during Election years all I do is eat, sleep & work once October hits and in November, sleep drops off that list completely. On my team there was a running joke that I worked so hard that Election Day was going to be the day I died. It is in that light that this might seem a bit delayed, but here…

A Day of Thanks

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Affirmation’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This is the highlight of Affirmation’s DC Chapter events. Normally I am not a big fan of Thanksgiving. It was never big in my house and we always spent it with family friends and not our own family. Christmas was the bigger holiday for us. But this year was different for me. I don’t know if it is because…

Did Elder Cook just stretch the truth or was it the Correlation department?

In December of 2011 Elder Quentin L. Cook gave a commencement address entitled “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom.” I’m going to put aside the fact that Phelps v. Snyder would indicate that we have not lost our “Religious Freedom” just like our country hasn’t been “taken from us,” for a minute. This address was given to a BYU Idaho graduation class, however it was re-published using the same data and questionable sources…

Anniversaries

In my past anniversaries have been periods of depression and fear. I actually have had a psychological reaction when my body & sub-conscious recognize that something traumatic happened a year ago even if I haven’t remembered. I have seen this manifest itself in August when I relive getting kicked out of BYU and, because the trauma was so intense, a year later coming out to myself. I have seen it in March…