Latter-Day Saints and LGBT activists traditionally haven’t been on the same lines of the gay rights battle, but in Salt Lake City this weekend, they were marching side by side. Mormons Building Bridges sent a contingency of 300 heterosexual adherents to the Pride parade in Utah’s capital city.
Though many religious Americans have been vocal in their opposition to same-sex marriage, the Mormon Church has put their money where their mouth is: in 2008, the church was the largest donor to Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Since then, it has been difficult for Mormons who support equality to have another voice be heard.
This weekend, however, their presence made an impact. The parade’s grand marshal, Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk, who grew up as a closeted gay young man in a Mormon household, shared his thoughts on Twitter, “In tears. Over 300 straight, active Mormons showed up to march with me at the Utah Pride parade in support of LGBT people.”
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