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Salt Lake City Police Officer Placed on Leave After Refusing to Work At Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO

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An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave after reportedly refusing an assignment at this weekend’s gay pride parade, KSL News reports:

"We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments," said department spokeswoman Lara Jones.

The officer is on paid administrative leave as the internal affairs unit reviews the situation, Jones said. He had been given a traffic control and public safety assignment.

The department has provided services at the Utah Pride Festival since its inception, as well as a host of other community events.

"We serve a variety of community events with similar functions, and to allow personal opinion to enter into whether an officer will take a post is not something that can be tolerated in a police department," Jones said.

Added executive director of the Utah Pride Center Steven Ha:

“Clearly the officer’s act was more than just smelling of bigotry, but I think the act was bigotry, choosing to not do a duty that is sworn by police officers to do,”

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Utah Theatre Director Zaps Homophobic Patron Upset Over Gay Kiss in Play: VIDEO

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Chris Lino — the managing director of The Pioneer Theater Company on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah — recently staged a production of the comedic thriller Deathtrap during which (SPOILER ALERT) one character kisses another of the same gender on the cheek for all of three to four seconds.

The kiss was enough to send one audience member into full-blown histrionics, and she sent Lino the following letter:

Chris [Lino, Managing Director],

I trusted you! I have been a season ticket holder for 10 years and in the past have appreciated the quality of the acting and set design. I love the theatre and have taken my children to the theatre in hopes that they too will love it and continue to support the ARTS.

Pioneer_theatre_companyI am normally calm, mild-mannered, and don’t get upset, but last night, at the close of the first act of Deathtrap, I was infuriated with the explicit, homosexual display on stage because I had brought my teenage son to see the seemingly innocuous play. I based my decision to take my teenage son upon the content advisory you provided. In the past, I have appreciated the content advisories, and I have relied upon them to make attendance decisions. I realize that, unfortunately, you feel you must appeal to an insignificant minority of patrons by offering “edgy” material. I regret that you feel that way. I have wasted many tickets the last two years by choosing NOT to attend plays that were offensive and vulgar.

Because I relied on the content advisory, I am infuriated this evening. I felt compelled to walk out immediately, but had been taught etiquette as a child (my seat is [REDACTED]). It took all of my self control as I fumed in my seat for the long minute before intermission. Why was brazen homosexual content not included in the advisory?

As I left at intermission, I talked to your employees in the ticket booth asking for upper management, but you were not available. When I inquired as to why that content was left out of the advisory I was told that it would “ruin the plot.” Ruin the plot?! You ruined my evening, ruined my trust in you, and you ruined the trust my son has in me to find worthwhile entertainment for him. I feel sick about tonight.

I am appalled that you could not have simply stated: homosexual content. I have NEVER been so disgusted and infuriated! I was livid. I know your ticket sales clerk and manager are not responsible, and they handled the situation well. I had read and reread the content advisory to make sure it would be suitable to have my teenage son attend. I anticipated that he would appreciate the suspense, intrigue, plot twists, and mystery. The decision on the theatre’s part not to divulge repulsive content was irresponsible and negligent! You have that responsibility to your patrons.

Please refund my money for this last evening’s performance as well as Sweet Charity as we will not be using our tickets. Thank you in advance. My real desire is that you could erase the images in my son’s mind and in mine. Please send my refund to: [REDACTED]

I hope my feedback will prompt you to include ALL potentially offensive content in the advisory in the future!

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Plaintiffs in Legal Challenge to Utah's Gay Marriage Ban Get Engaged: VIDEO

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Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the legal challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage which is now before the 10th Circuit, got engaged over the weekend at the Equality Ball held at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City.

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75 Couples Still In Line To Get A Marriage License In Salt Lake City

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As Alex Cabrero from KSL news reports, there are still 75 couples in line to receive marriage licenses in Salt Lake City today. However, a cut-off has already been imposed. Sheriff's have arrived to demarcate the cut-off point as people continue to arrive despite the fact that the clerks office closed at 5. 

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Same-Sex Couples Wait In Long Lines To Wed In Salt Lake City

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According to reports on Twitter and Facebook, the line is out the door for same-sex couples in Salt Lake City, Utah to officially marry and receive marriage licenses in the wake of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that Utah's Amendment 3, the provision that banned gay marriage, violated the United States Constitution. Undoubtedly an emotional day for many in the Beehive state.

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(Photos via Facebook and Twitter.)

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Boy Scout Leaders Reprimanded For Marching In Utah Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO

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Two Boy Scout leaders have been chastised by officials from the organization and told to sign an apology letter for marching with several uniformed Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City two weeks ago. The two leaders, Peter Brownstein and Neil Whitaker marched in the June 2 parade to celebrate the organization's historic vote last month to allow gay youths. Officials with the Boy Scouts of America's Great Salt Lake Council, however, say Brownstein and Whitaker violated the organization's policy prohibiting the use of Scouting to promote a "political agenda."

The two men were told to sign a letter of apology for "violation of BSA policies and disobedience," but have refused, saying they were not advancing a "political" agenda but celebrating a "cultural" event.

"We weren't rallying for a politician or political event," Whitaker said. "To me, it was being supportive of my fellow human beings."

Current BSA policy states "no person, youth, or adult may use Scouting to promote sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda." Scouts and Scout leaders are permitted to participate in pride parades as supportive citizens but not as uniformed members of the BSA.

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