WATCH: Gay BYU students say “It Gets Better”

As I’ve mentioned from time to time (but try my best to forget), I lived in Utah for three years just prior to moving to Dallas in early 2006. Two of those years were spent in Logan, a very heavily Mormon area two hours north of Salt Lake City that’s home to Utah State University. Logan was a college town, but with only three bars, and USU — though public and not affiliated with the LDS church — was commonly referred to as “BYU 2.” It’s probably because of this experience that I consider this to be the most astonishing “It Gets Better” video I’ve seen yet (sorry, Joel). Watch it below.

—  John Wright

BYU student tells truth about why Mormons backed Prop 8; student newspaper axes letter

ABC 4 in Salt Lake City reports that a senior at Brigham Young University recently wrote a letter to the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Universe, saying Mormons should be honest about whey they supported Prop 8. Cary Crall told the TV station that his letter was initially rejected, then turned into a full-blown op-ed, then pulled from the newspaper’s website and labeled offensive:

Crall wrote that Mormons ought to be honest about the real reasons they put so much time, money and effort into passage of Prop 8. After reading the decision of the federal judge in the Prop 8 case, he concluded there is little rational basis for many of the arguments for Prop 8. So if such arguments were not the real reasons for their support, then what? “The real reason,” he wrote, “is that a man who most of us believe is a prophet of God told us to support the amendment.”

“If the real reason for supporting the amendment is a privately held religious opinion and belief in a prophet — that a prophet is telling us to do it — then we need to be honest about that and take the consequences,” Crall told ABC 4. “I think the Mormon community owes that kind of introspection to the rest of the world for our actions in Proposition 8.”

Read Crall’s full letter at PoynterOnline.

—  John Wright