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Letter: I’m passing on Days of ‘47 parade
First Published Jun 11 2014 04:24 pm • Last Updated Jun 11 2014 05:03 pm

On July 24 Utahns celebrate our state’s pioneer heritage and the wonderful communities that have flourished in its path. As a member of the Salt Lake City Council, I was invited to participate in the Days of ’47 Parade and to bring "one adult guest." I invited my friend, Weston Clark.

Weston is a modern-day pioneer as a stay-at-home father of two young children, active advocate for social justice, and, with his husband, one of the first same-sex couples to marry when Amendment 3 was struck down in December.

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Last week, following submission of parade bios and the notification that I had selected Weston to accompany me, the entire Council was notified that only our "immediate family" would be allowed to join us.

I will not participate in the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade. It saddens me that the organizers of this parade turn their back on a long tradition of Salt Lake City providing sanctuary and refuge.

My vision for Salt Lake City is a place where the refugees of the modern world can find a home — much as the Mormon refugees did in 1847. This includes our friends, family, and neighbors in the LGBTQ community.

Erin Mendenhall

Salt Lake City Council, District 5

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