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  •  Salt Lake City (2+ / 0-)
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    lordpet8, DCCyclone

    didn't do things differently than the rest of Utah though, they went to extreme lengths to preserve the same sort of bigotry and homophobia, despite being the most urban and diverse area of the state. GSA folks fought the City School Board with walk outs, protests and years of legal battles. It took the better part of a decade to turn SLC into a moderately politically liberal area on social issues like gay rights, and even now I'm not sure the county would vote for a gay marriage proposal, most likely not.

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:42:00 AM PDT

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    •  Fair enough (2+ / 0-)
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      DCCyclone, gabjoh

      I'm pretty young, so I don't remember a non-progressive Salt Lake City. It's always been like it is now in my memory.

      The rest of Utah hating SLC has been true for a while though.

      And you are correct in assuming that gay marriage would be defeated even in Salt Lake County. Anti-discrimination policies probably would win though.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:34:44 AM PDT

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      •  This was back in the early 1990s (4+ / 0-)
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        lordpet8, pademocrat, DCCyclone, gabjoh

        The school board literally banned every non-academic club to stop the GSA from having a right to organize. It backfired by getting the entire student population strongly behind the GSA and politically involved. But the school board banned everything, ski clubs, chess clubs, and ironically, even Bible clubs, to take out the threat of the GSA.

        Now, this might of been one of the driving forces in what eventually turned Salt Lake City into a progressive urban hotspot in the state, but that's been a development of the past 18 years.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:39:51 AM PDT

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