“Utah has queer legislators. Can you believe it?”
– Openly lesbian state Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, to attendees at Southern Utah Pride, as quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune.
“When you get that kind of work into your blood, it seems that's who you are no matter where you are.”
– Attorney Laura Milliken Gray as quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune on her departure from Utah to live with her wife in England, and her plans to continue her work for gay rights there.
“She believed in what she was doing, and when you have a passion for something, you probably get a little [pushy]. But people say that about me. I never had a negative experience with her.”
– Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka telling the Salt Lake Tribune about her experiences with Gray.
“I realized that I wasn't equipped with the knowledge to help beyond offering scriptures — which are helpful, yet not always practical. I am a spiritual leader, not a medical or psychological professional, and I wanted to be able to reference that support to my ward.”
– Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop Steve Satchwell telling the Deseret News that he attended Evergreen International’s annual conference in September after a member of his ward came out to him.
“The level of tolerance for various aspects of homosexual conduct being okay has become more widespread. We're in an era now where the homosexual movement has defined their issues as civil rights issues, and they're getting a lot more attention.”
– Prof. Stephen Duncan, a faculty member of BYU’s School of Family Life, telling BYU NewsNet why he thinks the number of same-sex Utah couples has risen drastically in the past seven years.
“Every day of the year, every hour of the day, you still have to come out. By knowing us, people will know that this supposedly ‘gay agenda’ means going to work every day, paying your taxes and washing the dogs. Just living our lives like any other couple wants to live theirs.”
– Salt Lake County corporate lawyer Lisa Altman quoted in Salt Lake City Weekly’s cover story on lesbian marriage.