Utah Voices: Utahns share what makes their state weird

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Utah is weird, Gov. Spencer Cox told lawmakers in his fourth State of the State address. He joked about fry sauce and the Bear Lake monster, and he said he wants the Beehive State to stay that way.

We asked our Top Stories newsletter subscribers and our social followers what makes Utah weird. The answers below came from those subscribers and followers.

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  • “The huge amount of soda and sweet shops (cookies, cakes).” — MH, Brigham City

  • “Bad: Lack of separation between government and religious influence (liquor laws, no lottery, no gambling). Religious culture of judgment and comparison. People stare way more here than any other place. Good: We LOVE our sports teams. We are friendlier to each other than other places. Everyone knows where everything is.” — Jake, South Jordan

  • “You can own an assault rifle, silencer or high capacity magazine, but you can’t get a beer before 11:30 a.m.” — Ernie, Eden

  • “It feels weird to see the Legislature, elected by the citizens, pursue with vigor legislation that undermines freedoms for the most marginalized in our community.” — Andrea, Salt Lake City

  • “The LDS church doesn’t pay taxes but has an enormous political impact.” — Christina, Park City

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