Salt Lake City, UT, 26 June 2014 – Six months after Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling, and the decision by salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill to allow Utah County Clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Shelby’s ruling nullifying the state’s ban on such unions. Sadly, the state of Utah has decided to take their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final decision. One must ask whether Utah Governor Gary Herbert believes he can win this appeal or is simply pushing forward as a means of becoming the man who fought for (and hopefully lost) the right of states to define what “marriage” means and continuing to deny its citizens equality. Certainly, Herbert stands to improve his political stature with the GOP by standing up for what even conservative Senator Orin Hatch has said is a losing battle.
Salt Lake City, UT, 7 June 2014 – While walking back to my car after having left the Utah Pride Festival tonight I passed a gaggle of girls who were out for a little post-festival fun by renting GREENBikes from the Salt Lake City Bike Share program. Granted it was 10 p.m. so I assumed they were a bit tipsy after perhaps enjoying the libations being served at the festival.
Who would ever think you could purchase alcohol at a festival in Utah of all places? Believe it or not this desert city is not dry after all. Utah knows how to paaarty.
As the girls started to ride past me I quickly whipped out my phone and took a few shots wishing I could take a better group shot to post here.
Luck was on my side when they stopped near the next corner to take an obligatory selfie. So as I walked up I asked if they wanted me to take the picture for them. They were thrilled and so was I.
In fifteen short minutes I learned they were all in high school and would be seniors in the fall. I learned a little about each one and how we share some very personal connections. As Disney says, “It’s a small world after all.” And during our short conversation on this night when Utah celebrates its alternative side I was reminded how much we are connected as a community and how close we are as a collective family.
Ride safe Girls.