Grass-roots Utahns for Marriage Equality plans a march and rally to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Saturday, Jan. 10. A caravan will be leaving from the Utah Pride Center’s Café Marmalade at 7:00 a.m. Expected to speak are Rep. Christine Johnson; Claudia Bradshaw, founder of the St. George chapter of PFLAG; and Matthew Landis, local Salt Lake City resident.
“We will be also rallying in support of Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative,” co-founder Michael Mueller said. “This initiative is a package of six bills that will be taken to the Utah Legislature in January. These bills are basic protections for gay and transgender Utahns, and we need your help to get them passed. Those bills concern Expanding Healthcare, Fair Workplace, Fair Housing, Wrongful Death, Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act, and Clarifying Amendment 3.”
The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Arches National Park. Admission to the park is free until noon if you identify yourself as part of the ‘Utahns for Marriage Equality’ group. Only handheld signs and banners will be allowed, with no signs attached to sticks.
A special overnight rate of $20 per person will be available at the golf course condos. An after party at Eddie McStiff’s Restaurant and Bar has been planned from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Local musicians Cosy Sheridan, TR Ritchie and Stonefed will perform at McStiff’s. Also, a 20 percent discount for any purchase will be honored at Wicked Brew Espresso on Moab’s Main Street.