“If Chris Buttars won’t say it … we will: Happy Holidays! Best wishes! – Utah Legal Clinic Staff”
– A sign in the window of the Utah Legal Clinic (214 E 500 S), as reported on Salt Lake City Weekly’s blog, referring to Republican West Jordan Sen. Chris Buttars’ support of a legislative resolution urging Utahns to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”
“If we all ‘come out’ to each other, it truly will be a happy New Year.”
– Boyer Jarvis, a prominent straight ally, urging gay Utahns to help end anti-gay discrimination by coming out to loved ones in 2009 in a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Our movement has a long history of respectfully engaging with those who would deny our basic humanity and civil rights. Let’s hope the church’s claims are more than just a political posture.”
– Bruce Bastian, local gay philanthropist, as quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune in an email to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urging the church to support Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative. Bastian’s was one of 27,000 letters delivered to the church’s headquarters on Dec. 27.
“I’d like to have no special right, but the same rights as everyone else.”
– Snyderville Basin resident Lynn Barck, telling the Park Record why she participated in the Light Up the Night candlelight vigil for gay rights in Park City on Dec. 20.
“Twenty participants braved 5 to 10 degree temperatures to walk, talk, and hand out fliers to passersby on Main Street in Park City! Participants ranged in age from high school students to a heterosexual couple celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary. … The response from residents and visitors to Park City was overwhelmingly positive. Many expressed dismay at the lack of civil rights for LGBT people in Utah and other states.”
– Mark Worthen, Park City Resident and Light Up the Night organizer, writing about the vigil on its Web page at jointheimpact.wetpaint.com.