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"Equality Utah (comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered members) demonstrated it could deliver a tidal wave of voters to the polls. Mike Thompson, executive director of the organization, is a powerful force in the city."

—Frank Pignanelli, Deseret News Columnist, in a recap of the November elections.

"[Catholic Archbishop] Niederauer had opposed a Utah constitutional ban on 'same-sex marriage,' troubled that the amendment prohibited any union but marriage and claiming that existing law would prevent homosexual weddings.  He also helped organize a clergy group to promote 'tolerance for gays and lesbians' after Utah’s legislature banned 'gay student clubs.'"

—Spero News' Michael Arata in commentary on Niederauer's apology for serving communion to members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who were in face.

"I'm reluctant to get us into things that are not the city's business."

—Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Dave Buhler, asked in a KUTV News/Salt Lake Tribune live debate whether he supports registering civil unions in the city.

"If I would have to sum him up in one word, it would be 'arrogant.'"

—Sierra Club's Tim Wagner to the Provo Daily Herald on Rep. Aaron Tilton. Wagner sits on a state energy panel with Tilton, who is promoting two nuclear energy plants for Utah. Tilton is the lead on many anti-gay bills on Utah's Capitol Hill.

"They look like girls, but act and think like boys,"

—University of Utah researcher Jamie White, who worked on the study published in the journal Current Biology on the sexual orientation of nematode worms.

"Keep an eye on Utah. Salt Lake City has passed legislation to formally recognize same-sex couples and BYU no longer considers being gay to be a violation of its honor code. Perhaps most notable, the state now has three openly gay officials in its state legislature. That's one more than in the U.S. Congress."

—Gary Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA, in a comment on results of research about same sex couples.

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