Governor welcomes gay advocates to the mansion

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert hosted the Utah Log Cabin Republicans and other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender activists, allies and public officials at the Governor’s Mansion on Sept. 4.

Among the 80-plus guests were ULCR members, national Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo, Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balken, Equality Utah staff, Utah State Republican Party Chair James Evans and political consultant and former state party chair David Hansen.

Herbert lauded ULCR for being involved in the political process. He acknowledged policy disagreements, but said the relationships ULCR builds help Utah government serve all citizens more fully.

He thanked ULCR President James Humphreys for his involvement in many local and statewide issues.

Utah’s strong growth was cited by the governor as proof that the philosophy of governance prevalent in Utah shows results.

Angelo said this seventh annual gathering is the longest running event of this type in the country. He cited Utah’s school bullying bills with LGBTQ protections as proof of the success of the networking. Angelo praised U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch for voting to move Federal ENDA legislation out of committee to the full Senate.

Marriage equality, adoption and a statewide nondiscrimination law were also advocated by Angelo.

Humphreys says that several state legislators and other officials attended, including Rep. Rhonda Menlove, R-Tremonton, Rep. Derek Brown, R-Cottonwood Heights and Sen. Todd Weiller, R-Woods Cross and Utah State Auditor John Dougall.

Humphreys thanked Equality Utah for a donation covering much of the cost of the reception.

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