Head of conservative Utah think tank stepping down

Wednesday , August 27, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Paul Mero
The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The leader of a conservative Utah think tank is stepping down.

Paul Mero served as head of the Sutherland Institute for 14 years. The board asked him to step down Tuesday over disagreements about the organization’s future.

The Desert News reports (http://bit.ly/1C0u7KF) the board chairman, Stanford Swim, will serve as acting CEO until a new president is elected.

Mero told the newspaper the disagreements were not about the organization’s philosophy, and it will continue to help pay a lawyer working with the Utah attorney general to defend the state’s ban on gay marriage.

The institute was founded in 1995 by wealthy investment manager Gaylord Swim and is named for a U.S. Supreme Court justice from Utah, George Sutherland, who fought government expansion in the 1930s.

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