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LGBT Group Denied from SLC Parade

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Salt Lake City’s Day’s of ’47 Parade have declined a proposal for a float, citing too much potential for controversy. The float was proposed by a Mormon faith-related LGBT and the organizers of the parade have said they have a policy of turning down floats they believe might spark political debate.

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Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“Our job is to remember the pioneers, and we don’t want people to have to take positions down the road on this float or that float,” Executive Vice President Greg James said Wednesday. “The real issue is, we don’t want a million messages clouding our message.”

The irony can’t be lost on organizers, as now news agencies have picked up on the refusal, igniting the same debate the parade coordinators were looking to avoid.

The LGBT group, called Mormons Building Bridges, tried to appeal the rejection but was denied.

Mormons Building Bridges have been in the parade for two years in the Utah Pride festival and had always aimed to steer clear of politics with a convertible car of Utah arts, business and other leaders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and have Mormon heritage, said Erika Munson, founder and co-chair.

Parade organizers say about a dozen applications are denied each year for the July event honoring the Mormon pioneers’ 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. Advocacy groups, James said, don’t make the cut. “We make no value judgment on these things.”

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