Dozens of people held a quiet rally at one of Utah’s most-recognized symbols: Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.
Gay and lesbian people and their families and friends traveled from around the state to hike to the arch and listen to speeches aimed at rallying support for gay rights bills headed to the Utah State Lesgislative Session later this month.
The rally was organized by Utahns for Marriage Equality, headed by Michael Mueller and Misty Fowler. It was the brainchild of Matthew Landis.
“We will be also rallying in support of Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative,” co-founder Michael Mueller said before the rally. “This initiative is a package of six bills that will be taken to the Utah Legislature in January. These bills are basic protections for gay and transgender Utahns, and we need your help to get them passed. Those bills concern Expanding Healthcare, Fair Workplace, Fair Housing, Wrongful Death, Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act, and Clarifying Amendment 3.”
At the rally, Rep. Christine Johnson congratulated participants for being involved. “It is a priveledge, because we are we are really part of history in the making.”
In all, about 60 people made the trek and were followed by news reporters from Salt Lake City and other towns in Utah.