Week in Review for December 23–27

In the News

The news in predominantly Mormon Utah remains Judge Shelby’s decision striking down Amendment 3 of the Utah Constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. As the state desperately sought a News Updatestay, first with Shelby, then with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, for those in the state it felt as though there was no other news happening. Some readers began commenting on LDS church-owned KSL’s website and Facebook page to please cover something else, they were sick of hearing about gay marriage. Although many Latter-day Saints have spoken out in favor of and vehemently against the ruling, the church itself has remained quiet since its initial statement.

A YouTube video by photographer D’Arcy Benincosa has racked up thousands of views and has been featured on Facebook and Salt Lake City news stations. Benincosa raced to the Salt Lake County building and began taking video and photos of the scene as hundreds of couples lined up to get married.

To gauge the impact of a Utah-centric court ruling on the LDS church, look no further than this excellent map showing the religious makeup of the United States. In spite of a more diverse capital city, Utah remains overwhelmingly Mormon.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Peggy Fletcher Stack asked two prominent historians for their thoughts on Brigham Young. John Turner of the celebrated biography, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, and longtime Mormon historian Ronald Walker both offered an interesting take, sometimes agreeing, other times emphasizing different qualities of Brigham.

In Books

The third-oldest known Bible in the world will briefly be on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The Codex Washingtonianus will be displayed in the Smithsonian’s art gallery. It was probably transcribed in Greek around late 300CE.

News updates by John Hatch, acquisitions editor