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“We know what you’re up to. Boo.”
Sandra Rodrigues, leader of the anti-gay group America Forever, to supporters of Logan’s gay and transgender-inclusive housing and employment ordinances.

“Because if we can pass LGBT protections in Logan, Utah, we should be able to pass ENDA.”
—Headline of a blog post by former Utahn John Wright for Dallas Voice.

“Shame on Councilmen Olsen, Monson, Daines for joining hands with the gay movement and becoming homosexual activists to oppress religious citizens [sic] freedoms.”
—Flyer distributed before the council’s vote by America Forever.

“We’re a small, not really very diverse community and it was so moving to see so many people rally for fairness. It was the proudest moment I’ve had since I’ve lived in Logan.”
—Utah State University professor Christy Glass to the Deseret News.

“When [Logan Councilman] Jay Monson talked about the outpouring of support for this issue I instantly burst into tears because I was so moved.”
Maure Smith, USU program coordinator for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied services.

“It’s not going to solve all of our problems, but it’s a beginning.”
—Logan Councilman Herm Olsen, as quoted in Cache Valley Daily.

“Gay teenagers have nowhere to turn to for support or help. … When gay teens hear from their peers, as well as from adults, that they are evil, selfish, unnatural, second-class and not as deserving as ‘normal’ people, what messages do you think they remember?”
—Southern Utah resident Carlyle Porter, the father of a gay son, in an editorial for The Spectrum written in support of gay-straight alliances.

“The fact he is gay is the least interesting thing about him.”
—Episcopalian Rev. Rick Whittaker on Rev. Michael Barlowe, an openly gay candidate for Utah’s Episcopal Bishop, in The Salt Lake Tribune.

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