Eric Ethington

Eric Ethington has been specializing in political messaging, communications strategy, and public relations for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Salt Lake City, he now works in Boston for a social justice think tank.

Eric’s writing, advocacy work, and research have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, the New York Times, The Guardian, and The Public Eye magazine. He’s worked as a radio host, pundit, blogger, activist and electoral campaign strategist. He also writes at

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Growing Mormon-Catholic Alliance: Quiet partners behind the Christian Right’s religious discrimination agenda

One of the primary drivers of the movement to corrupt and redefine religious freedom isn’t someone in a shouting match on cable news, but a decades-long alliance of top Mormons and Catholics. ...

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Utah’s LGBT rights bill is a trojan horse for the religious right’s agenda

The Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, and was signed Thursday evening by Gov. Gary Herbert.
There were both cheers and tears as many in the Utah LGBTQ community celebrated the passage of a workplace and housing nondiscrimination law, but behind closed doors, I suspect it’s actually the leaders of the Religious Right who are cheering ...

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The Religious Right’s campaign to strip all citizens of religious freedom

Alex Brandon, AP
Turn on any cable news show and you'll hear conservatives, particularly the Religious Right, giving long tirades about religious freedom and how the Left is seeking to strip it away from good God-fearing Americans. But if you watch how the ...

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The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Scott Lively
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s ...

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Gay Mormon, excommunicated from his church, commits suicide

Bryan Michael Egnew, 40, spent the last decades of his life building up the courage to come out to his family and Mormon church. Once he did his life, family and religion were stripped away from him, and he committed ...

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Colorado state Senate passes civil unions bill in first of two votes

The Colorado State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill legalizing Civil Unions for gay couples. This is one of two votes required by the Senate, and if it passes again, the bill will go on to the House before being ...

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Indiana Senate committee advances amendment to ban same-sex marriage

The Indiana state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 -- along party lines -- this week to advance a constitutional amendment which bans both gay marriage as well as civil unions. ...

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West Virginia House fails to pass non-discrimination bill — again

For the third time, the West Virginia state House has failed to take up the bills outlawing housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, despite heavy support in the state Senate. ...

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Newt Gingrich funneled $350,000 into anti-gay hate groups

Newt Gingrich
Former House Speaker, and likely presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich has been caught funneling over $350,000 into anti-gay hate groups in the past year. ...

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New report highlights discrimination against bisexuals by both gays and straights

A new report released by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission highlights the demonization of bisexuals from both the lesbian and gay community, as well as the straight community. ...

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