Last Week in Utah: Cleve Jones and a gay bashing
Jennifer Dobner’s AP report in the WaPo: Gay rights activist calls for march on Washington
JoSelle Vanderhooft interviews Cleve Jones for QSaltLake here.
Deseret News reports (after the break):
Bursts of torrential rain did little to dampen the spirits of those gathered to cheer Jones, who served as the parade’s grand marshal; local political figures; and the dozens of floats that made up this year’s procession a highlight of the three-day Utah Pride Festival at Washington Square that drew more than 20,000 attendees. After the parade, Jones told a festival crowd that it is time to reprise a 1979 march for gay rights on the nation’s capital and demand full equality. He said the march, planned for Oct. 11, will coincide with National Coming Out Day.
“We seek nothing more and nothing less than equal protection under the law in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states,” Jones said. “It is time to march again.”
“I’ve got a message for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” he said. “Thank you. Thank you for uniting us. Thank you for galvanizing us,” he said, referring to the efforts of the church and its members to win passage last year of California’s Proposition 8, which overturned a court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Cleve Jones sits down with Utah’s Fox13: YouTube
Cleve Jones in Salt Lake City: Thank you, Mormons! YouTube
Cleve Jones Announces LGBT March on Washington DC for October 11: YouTube
(After Cleve reiterated his call for the march during his SLC speech, the wires picked it up and LGBT bloggers began to weigh in … the consensus would seem to be that Cleve should reconsider this action).
And then check out this Facebook event page: Pray and Fast New York
It’s ostensibly an appeal to New Yorkers, but funny thing is, all I see are the names of Mormons from Utah and California on that page (e.g., Angela Rockwood, Emily Dyer). So, even if you’re not from New York, please feel free to drop by and leave a snarky comment (leaving a comment is the only interaction allowed on that page – after several NOM Facebook debacles, they’ve gotten smart and hidden the guest list this time around).
(Thing is, it looks like their prayers may have paid off early … a couple Dems in the NY Senate flipped and are now caucusing with the GOP … what a mess).