The Salt Lake City Council has decided to march in the Days of ’47 Parade on July 24, despite the fact that parade organizers have refused to allow Mormons Building Bridges, a group that supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMafa invited openly gay Sen. Jim Dabakis to join the Council in the parade, but today the senator announced that he will not take part.
“I will not, after all, be marching in the Days of ’47 Parade this year. Given the controversy over ‘Mormons Building Bridges’ (a group I love and admire), I have decided that there is the possibility that my participation might divert attention away from the heroes of the parade, the thousands of volunteers who work so hard for so long to make this a one of America’s great parades,” Dabakis said in a statement. “The Salt Lake City Council will always hold a dear place in my heart for their bold and valiant efforts, especially to Councilman Kyle LaMafa who invited me to march with him. The Councilman worked hard as a peacemaker. I also thank parade president, Craig Peterson for his efforts. I hope one year, soon, we will be able to come together as a community.”
“Maybe things will work out better another year. Again, I wish the best year ever for the 2014 Days of ’47, and will be elbowing for my usual spot on Main Street,” Dabakis concluded.
Photo: Jim Dabakis at the Utah Pride Parade, photo by Ann Clark