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Days of 47 Parade on Wednesday's Access Utah

Salt Lake Magazine

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that organizers of the Days of ’47 Parade have responded to the Salt Lake City Council, saying they will not reconsider a request by Mormons Building Bridges to participate. Parade organizers said they feared the entry would be too controversial for an event that honors Utah statehood as well as the Mormon pioneers. 

The ACLU of Utah had criticized the City Council for weighing in on what it called the parade committee’s First Amendment freedom to organize without government interference. Others say that though the parade is organized by a private entity, it is a public event and should be as inclusive as possible. We’ll ask you what you think on Wednesday’s AU.  Our guests will include Doree Burt from Mormons Building Bridges and Salt Lake City Council member Kyle LaMalfa. We’ll also revisit a conversation from September with Rebecca Taylor, a Utah resident who identifies as transgender, who was looking forward to Provo’s first Pride Parade.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.