“It’s time to focus more attention on the president and the Congress. It’s time to look at the big picture, and focus on federal action.”
– 2009 Utah Pride Festival Grand Marshal Cleve Jones speaking to Salt Lake Tribune “Culture Vulture” writer Sean P. Means about the need for help from the federal government to secure legal protections for gay and transgender people.
“I was surprised that I was participating in a fraternity that made anti-gay jokes every week. It was a wake-up call that treating everyone with dignity doesn’t always come naturally. It takes work.”
– University of Utah law professor and Equality Utah adviser Cliff Rosky discussing the importance of straight allies in the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Maybe God didn’t fix me through prayer, but he provided really good surgery.”
– Transsexual lesbian Dominique Storni discussing her life and her gender identity in the Utah Pride issue of In Utah This Week.
“Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court is welcome. The bedrock institution of marriage between a man and a woman has profound implications for our society.”
– The LDS Church’s statement on the decision to uphold Proposition 8.
“Even though the tens of millions of dollars spent by the Mormon church [sic] could have feed millions of hungry, housed millions of homeless, or educated thousands who will never afford a higher degree of education, they chose to spend their tax-free dollars on maintaining a discriminatory law that affects a relatively small percentage of American citizens … definitely a cause for celebration. I hope they sleep better tonight knowing that Gay and Lesbian citizens in the state of California are still second class.”
– Gay Agenda blogger James Hipps on the Mormon Church’s response.
“Ironically, the powerful and well-funded gay lobby continues to promote hate speech, engage in social protest and harass individuals or groups who oppose their agenda. Can you imagine the firestorm of public outcry that would erupt if someone were to target, boycott and harass sincere individuals in the gay community in similar fashion?”
– Sandy resident Douglas Roper in a letter to the Deseret News, arguing that gays have behaved badly since California’s Supreme Court ruled to uphold Proposition 8.