Utah State Capitol

On the June 1st episode of NPR’s Morning Edition, anchor Steve Inskeep (probably my second-favorite of the bunch after David Greene) sat down with Utah State Senator Stuart Adams to discuss the so-called “Utah Compromise” – the LDS Church-backed billed that made it through Utah’s legislature last year that affords protection for the LGBT population in areas of housing and work while allowing exemptions for religious freedom elsewhere. Adams co-sponsored the bill.

Many have lauded the Utah Compromise as just that—a compromise. We seem to forget that American politics are supposed to be rooted in compromise, not neverending zero-sum brinkmanship. As Senator Adams notes,

People within the community feel like both sides are protected. And again, no one got everything they wanted. No one was totally happy with it. But everybody got the protections they needed to be able to function with society.

Fancy that. You give a little. I give a little. Neither of us gets everything but nobody gets nothing. (Did I deal enough in double negatives there? Shame on me.)

In a brief interview that you can stream below, Inskeep pressed Adams on the particulars of the Compromise, whether it serves as a model for other states, and whether Adams himself has evolved due to his involvement with the bill.

Said Adams:

My religious principles are not in any way, shape or form compromisable. But I actually believe I’m living my religion now as I look out and try to do good to those that maybe don’t agree with me, those that may hate me or loving my neighbor or trying to be respectful of other people. I believe those are good, Christian religious principles that we ought to not just talk about, that we ought to actually live and act on. Before, I think I was a little bit selfish and wanted to make sure that the rights I had weren’t extended to anyone else.

Stream the segment below.