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When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a landmark case that many expect will legalize same-sex marriage for the nation, Utah attorney Christopher Wharton will have a ringside seat. Wharton is traveling to Washington, D.C., on behalf of …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary R. Herbert gives L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, his ceremonial pen used to sign SB296 at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 12, 2015. Oldest Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry released from hospital after having trouble breathing
    LDS apostle L. Tom Perry — who, at 92, is the oldest Mormon apostle and second in line for the faith’s presidency — was hospitalized briefly Wednesday...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 12:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Celestial room in the Payson Utah Temple .© 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo gallery — see inside Payson’s new Mormon temple
    The public will get its first glimpse this week inside the new Mormon temple rising east of Interstate 15 in Payson. News media toured the edifice Tue...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
4th Congressional District candidate Carl Wimmer. The Utah Republican Party held its nominating convention Saturday, April 21 2012 in Sandy at the South Towne Exposition Center. Trib Talk: Mormon political clout, too much or just right?
    Is the LDS Church a bully on Utah’s Capitol Hill, or does the state’s dominant religion wield the right amount of political influence? On Wednesday, f...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • President Barack Obama bows his head towards the Dalai Lama as he was recognized during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.  The annual event brings together U.S. and international leaders from different parties and religions for an hour devoted to faith. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Commentary: Christians thrown overboard by Obama
    What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution. Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Ch...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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    Trib Talk: Mormonism of the future
    How does a global faith negotiate cultural and sociological pressures while retaining its distinctive religious appeal? That’s a question Mormon socio...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Elder Richard G. Scott, left, and Elder L. Tom Perry. Two Mormon apostles fighting serious medical problems
    Two Mormon apostles were fighting serious medical problems Friday. L. Tom Perry — who, at 92, is the oldest LDS apostle and second in line for the Ut...
    Updated Apr 26 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick |  Tribune file photo)  
Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, proposed establishing a network of marijuana greenhouses and dispensaries in Utah to be used for medicinal purposes. The bill failed by one vote in 2015. Utah senator appeals to legacy of his grandpa, a Mormon prophet, in medical marijuana video
    The intended audience is clear from the start of a new medical marijuana promotion video by state Sen. Mark Madsen. “My name is Mark Benson Madsen,” s...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Thomas Burr  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
MSNBC's Abby Huntsman and Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly talk on stage at the Gotham Comedy Club about Kelly's excommunication from the LDS Church as part of an offshoot program of the Tribeca Film Festival. Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly ‘happier’ and ‘invigorated’ after Mormon excommunication
    New York • Nearly a year removed from the LDS Church, Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness living a more authentic life while ...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threaten...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
4th Congressional District candidate Carl Wimmer. The Utah Republican Party held its nominating convention Saturday, April 21 2012 in Sandy at the South Towne Exposition Center. Mormon political clout in Utah: Republicans say it’s about right, but Dems say LDS faith has too much
    Utah Mormons and Republicans, two groups that overlap to a large extent, tend to think the LDS Church wields the right amount of influence on state po...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 11:34 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary R. Herbert gives L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, his ceremonial pen used to sign SB296 at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 12, 2015. Oldest Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry released from hospital after having trouble breathing
    LDS apostle L. Tom Perry — who, at 92, is the oldest Mormon apostle and second in line for the faith’s presidency — was hospitalized briefly Wednesday...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 12:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood Kody Partridge, plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, listen during a program on the anniversary of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that overturned same-sex marriage ban in Utah. The celebration was held at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Poll: Americans say there’s no turning back on gay marriage
    Washington • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their mi...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28 and make audio of the proceedings available later that day. The gay marriage cases mark the only time this term that the court has agreed to the quick release of audio recordings. But the court is continuing its ban on providing video of its sessions or even live-streamed audio. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) 5 arguments to watch as the Supreme Court considers gay marriage
    Washington • State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-re...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Elder Ryan Mourelatos, left,  and elder Ryan Wood work to bring the message of the LDS Church to the West Valley city area.  Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as LDS or Mormons, send missionaries throughout the world including Utah where the Church is based.  While there are older couples that also help in this missionary work, the most common face is the young men and women that proselytize door to door.   They encounter many adventures from their day to day work as they work on bringing the LDS religion to the masses.  photo by Danny Chan La 3-28-3006Alta's Hailee DeYoung was a two-sport athlete. She was the starting goalie for the Hawks and helped them to a No. 2 ranking in the nation. She was also on the track team and was selected to represent Utah in the 400-relay in the prestigious Southwest Classic regional track meet.Alta's Hailee DeYoung was a two-sport athlete. She was the starting goalie for the Hawks and helped them to a No. 2 ranking in the nation. She was also on the track team and was selected to represent Utah in the 400-relay in the prestigious Southwest Classic regional track meet. Mormon conversion rate lags behind missionary increase
    A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of pr...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Barbara Jones Brown, Debra Jenson, Mica McGriggs, and Andrea Radke-Moss, at the Trib Talk live event, What Mormon Women Want, at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Wednesday April 15, 2015. Full video: What do Mormon women want? Views vary.
    Priesthood ordination, patriarchy and benevolent sexism were discussed by a panel of Mormon women Wednesday at a town hall hosted by The Salt Lake Tri...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 10:14 am   |     |   Share
  • Mormon couple object to inclusion in U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case
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    Updated Apr 15 2015 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN, visits Utah to talk about religious freedom with Gov. Gary Herbert, right, in the Utah Capitol, Gold Room in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 13, 2015. Mormons, Catholics suffered for their faith and now fight bias together, archbishop says
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    Updated Apr 13 2015 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Celestial room in the Payson Utah Temple .© 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo gallery — see inside Payson’s new Mormon temple
    The public will get its first glimpse this week inside the new Mormon temple rising east of Interstate 15 in Payson. News media toured the edifice Tue...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Canada flag blows in the wind next to American flags signed with the names of Sept. victims at Battery Park blocks from ground zero on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick) Thus saith Canada’s top court: no prayers at council meetings
    Toronto • Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a small town in Quebec may not open its council meetings with prayer. In a unanimous ruling Wednesday,...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Salt Lake Temple is shown during the opening session of the Mormon church conference Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 people will file in and out of the church's conference center over five sessions Saturday and Sunday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Mormon church joins other faiths in asking U.S. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage ban
    The LDS Church has joined with other faith traditions and religious organizations in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against legalized same-sex ...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
4th Congressional District candidate Carl Wimmer. The Utah Republican Party held its nominating convention Saturday, April 21 2012 in Sandy at the South Towne Exposition Center. Mormon political clout in Utah: Republicans say it’s about right, but Dems say LDS faith has too much
    Utah Mormons and Republicans, two groups that overlap to a large extent, tend to think the LDS Church wields the right amount of influence on state po...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 11:34 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
First Counselor Ben Edwards, right, speaks in March prior to services at the Salt Lake Valley 1st Ward. The ward caters to hearing-impaired and visually impaired Mormons and conducts services in American Sign Language. Close-knit Mormon ward members worship in their language: ASL
    The sheer beauty of Sunday worship at the Salt Lake Valley LDS First Ward reflects an elemental fact: Church members hear the gospel with their eyes....
    Updated Apr 18 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threaten...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:47 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md. When Rubio launches his Republican presidential campaign Monday, he'll have to answer a simple question. Why now? Rubio, a rising star on Capitol Hill, is just 43 years old. He could wait another four years, even eight, and still be a relatively young candidate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Five faith facts about Marco Rubio: From Catholic to Mormon and back to Catholic
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who launched his presidential campaign Monday, often talks about faith and went into depth about his religious convictions i...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share