Roger McDonough en ACLU And Newlyweds Sue State Over Same-sex Marriage Recognition <p>The ACLU of Utah is suing the state - demanding that it continue to recognize those same-sex marriages that were performed during the short window the practice was legal in Utah.<br /><br />John Mejia, Legal Director for the ACLU of Utah said the Herbert administration is going against both the Utah and Federal Constitutions by not recognizing marriages conducted during the window of time when same-sex marriage was legal in the state.<br /><br />“In refusing to recognize those marriages they have violated the due process clauses of the Utah constitution and the US Constitution. So we are asking the court to grant declaratory relief and injunctive relief that will require the state to recognize all of those marriages going forward,” Mejia said. &nbsp;<br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:45:29 +0000 Roger McDonough 36018 at Federal Government Recognizes Utah Same-Sex Marriages <div><p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages performed while gay marriage was legal in Utah.&nbsp;</p></div><div><p>Saying that the recent stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court had cast doubt on the marriages, Holder said all the federal benefits of marriage would apply for Utah same-sex couples.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:50:19 +0000 Roger McDonough 35583 at Herbert: State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages <p>The state of Utah has said that it will not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage last month.</p><p>As a result same-sex couples married in Utah between that Dec. 20 decision and the order on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision - cannot reap the benefits of legal marriage. KCPW's Roger McDonough has the story:</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:44:54 +0000 Roger McDonough 35486 at Trans-Pacific Partnership Draws Criticism for Secrecy Prior to Meeting in Salt Lake <p>The anti-secrecy group Wikileaks released on Wednesday <a href="" target="_blank">one chapter of the draft text </a>of what would be the largest-ever economic trade deal between nations. Next week, Salt Lake City will play host to a chief-negotiators-summit for that deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.</p><p>The negotiations surrounding the largest international trade deal since the creation of the <a href="" target="_blank">World Trade Organization</a> 18 years ago have been so secret that it's likely you haven't even heard of the agreement. And this despite the fact the chief negotiators of the mega-agreement on trade, between more than 12 member nations will be gathering at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, beginning Tuesday Nov. 19.<br /><br />The Trans-Pacific-Partnership, or TPP, has drawn strong criticism from those concerned that the secretive pact would rewrite U.S. laws and undermine democracy while protecting corporate interests. Today the pro-transparency group Wikileaks undermined some of that secrecy by leaking a draft chapter of the proposed agreement- a chapter that deals with intellectual property rights. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:42:13 +0000 Roger McDonough 33290 at Trans-Pacific Partnership Draws Criticism for Secrecy Prior to Meeting in Salt Lake Immigration bill before Senate committee <p>Part 1 of Roger McDonough's report:</p><div><p>The Senate voted Tuesday to proceed in their deliberations on immigration reform. KCPW’s Roger McDonough spoke with Mark Alvarez, a Salt Lake attorney, Spanish language radio host and Immigration Specialist with Telemundo Utah, to get an update on the reform process, and to hear about the human element often lost in the debate.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:17:33 +0000 Roger McDonough 26034 at Immigration bill before Senate committee Group protests Ag-Gag bill outside Draper slaughterhouse <p>More than 200 protestors gathered on Saturday to denounce Utah’s so-called “Ag-Gag” law. The law, which was signed by Governor Herbert in 2012, prohibits unauthorized filming or photography at agricultural facilities. This weekend’s protest was organized after charges were filed – and then dropped –&nbsp; against a woman who filmed activities at a slaughterhouse in Draper. Mon, 20 May 2013 20:30:27 +0000 Roger McDonough 24768 at Group protests Ag-Gag bill outside Draper slaughterhouse Governor Herbert finds an alternative solution to new national healthcare mandates <p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:03:06 +0000 Roger McDonough 24413 at Community members speak out against highway proposal in Davis County <p>A coalition of environmental and community organizations are asking the Utah Department of Transportation to reevaluate their <a href="" target="_blank">proposal for the West Davis Corridor,</a> a 24-mile highway that would skirt the Great Salt Lake to the north of the Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area.</p><p>Tim Wagner is from the Utah Sierra Club and said that a draft plan by the Utah Department of Transportation to build a 4-lane highway along the banks of the Great Salt Lake is misguided. Thu, 09 May 2013 17:16:52 +0000 Roger McDonough 24239 at Community members speak out against highway proposal in Davis County New Acreage Available for Lease to Oil and Tar Companies <p>Late last month, the US Interior Department finalized a new set of rules pertaining to Oil Shale and Tar Sands development on federal lands.</p><p>A new ruling by the Department of the Interior means that 680,000 acres of BLM land in the west will be available for leasing for research and development of oil shale, and nearly 130,000 acres will be opened up for testing tar sands production in Utah.</p><p>Those numbers are much lower than first planned, when rules on oil shale and tar sands leases were crafted in the waning days of the Bush Administration.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:33:39 +0000 Roger McDonough 22663 at New Acreage Available for Lease to Oil and Tar Companies Herbert Close to Decision on Snake Valley Water Pipeline <p>Governor Gary Herbert is close to making a decision on whether to sign an agreement that would authorize the construction of a pipeline from the Snake Valley in Utah’s West Desert to Las Vegas Nevada. But activists say signing the agreement could spell environmental doom. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:33:39 +0000 Roger McDonough 22358 at