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Post by Rogue on Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:07 am


Sometimes you read an article and think... well thats something I didn't think I'd ever see...

Salt Lake City's first gay mayor
NOVEMBER 18, 201512:10PM
AAP

Former Utah Democratic state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will become Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor.

Biskupski, 49, whose campaign touted her experience working in the private sector and law enforcement, defeated fellow Democrat Ralph Becker, a former colleague in the legislature of the socially conservative state. Becker has been mayor of Utah's biggest city since 2008.

Final results showed Biskupski taking 51.55 per cent of the vote, versus 48.45 per cent for Becker.

Final election results on Tuesday also showed that Derek Kitchen, who is gay and a former plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that challenged a ban on gay marriages in Utah, won a seat on the Salt Lake City Council.

Utah's predominant faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, opposes gay marriage.

The Salt Lake City-based Mormon Church this year announced support for US laws protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment. But its leaders have said sex should only happen between a wedded man and a woman and that they cannot endorse same-sex marriage.
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/salt-lake-citys-first-gay-mayor/news-story/e9af54af5b2b6f3f2d530d4be10aac02
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Post by Kaere on Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:04 pm

It's a long hard road for equality sometimes... for gender, orientation, race... but we get there in the end Smile
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Post by Agartha on Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:12 pm

Oh how nice the day when we'll stop labeling people as this or that eh?

But I am also happily shocked that they have elected a gay politician in the bible belt !!!
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Post by Kaere on Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:46 pm

I know, right? Someday it'll just be "people" and none of this other "them" and "us" crap.

It is very heartening to see. Utah was also in the news recently where one of their judges ruled to remove a baby from her parents who happened to be lesbians. It took the work of several elected officials to have the decision reversed... so seems to me there's hope and support there even when we don't see it Very Happy
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:42 pm

It shows how societies are changing and mostly for the better.

People come in all shapes and sizes as well as orientation and we should be celebrating the differences not criticising them.

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Post by Rogue on Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:25 pm


Yes it is good to see! The US does seem to be more and more the land of contradictions lol.
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Post by Lenzabi on Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:40 pm

Good to see such acceptance in Utah, but still much work to be done.

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Post by Solace on Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:33 am

Change in the right direction.. Smile
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