Fewer Mormons in largest county
Fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake County belong to the Mormon church, according to new figures that illustrate how Utah’s largest county is becoming more religiously diverse. Mormons account for 49 percent of the 1.1 million residents in Salt Lake County — the lowest percentage since at least the 1930s, according to membership figures provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that include active and nonactive members. Salt Lake County includes Salt Lake City, which has long been more religiously diverse. But it also includes such suburbs as West Jordan, Sandy and South Jordan that have traditionally been Mormon hotbeds.
Leader says cockfighting should stay legal
Cockfighting is an important tradition in Guam that must remain legal, the U.S. territory’s governor-elect said in vowing to work to repeal a likely ban imposed by the U.S. government. While cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, territories have been allowed to set their own rules, which involves placing bets on the outcome of fights between roosters with razors strapped to their legs. The ban also will apply to territories if President Donald Trump signs the farm bill, which he’s expected to do this week.
Gay couples marry ahead of inauguration
About 40 gay couples were married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same-sex marriage. Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro’s record of homophobic comments has caused alarm. In an interview with Playboy magazine in December 2011, he said that he “would be incapable of loving a homosexual son.”
New bridge will replace one that collapsed
Genoa’s mayor is promising that his city will have a new bridge by Christmas 2019 to replace the one that collapsed in the summer, killing 43 people. Mayor Marco Bucci inaugurated a site where pillars and parts of the span that remained standing will be demolished. Much of the Morandi Bridge’s roadbed gave way on Aug. 14, sending dozens of vehicles plunging into a dry riverbed. Poor maintenance or engineering flaws have been cited as possible causes. Demolition should finish by March 31.