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Utahns for traditional marriage plan pink-and-blue rally

First Published      Last Updated Jan 17 2014 04:21 pm

Backers of traditional marriage are calling for a traditional color scheme at their Jan. 28 rally in the Utah Capitol Rotunda.

They want attendees to "wear pink (or red) and blue to support man/woman marriage," according to a flier pitching the event.

Organizers hope to show support for Utah's recently overturned Amendment 3, which defines marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.

The "Stand for Marriage" rally is sponsored by Celebration of Marriage, a group that focuses on "defending a child's right to have a relationship with a mother and father."

The organization's leader, Mary Summerhays, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 8 that "if we do not respond, we will be endorsing [gay marriage]."

The Tuesday night event, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature speeches by Robert Oscar Lopez, who will discuss how having two parents of the same sex is "tough."

As Lopez says on the flier, "I know. I have been there."

There will also be a speech by Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, who labels U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby's decision last month that Amendment 3 is unconstitutional as "judicial tyranny."

"The nation is relying on Utah," Brown says, "to defend the truth about marriage in order to succeed before the Supreme Court."

Also on hand, according to a news release, will be Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, along with Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, and Amendment 3 author Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper.

The pink and blue colors planned for the rally are easily understood, but why red?

Peggy Fletcher Stack