Utah law protects groups like The Days of ’47 Inc. to restrict their events, including its parade, as they choose. I believe that this fact shouldn’t necessarily have provoked the reaction from LGBT Utahns, including those of the Mormons Building Bridges advocacy group, who sought to be a part of the parade [QSaltLake, May 8]. In other words, the restriction shouldn’t have surprised them.
After all, the Utah Pride Festival has restricted its events as it chooses since 2005 when it adopted a litany of event policies which reiterate several ordinary state and local laws, and prohibit seemingly everything including unleashed and uncaged pets; audio and video recording of entertainment and others; and firearms, coolers, food, beverages, glass bottles or open containers from outside the festival grounds. The festival even restricts “adult-themed content and products” during the designated “Family Hours” of the events. The Days of ’47 restrictions and the festival restrictions are remarkably similar.
So, while the Days of ’47 parade might not include LGBT advocates, neither do the Utah Pride Festival events include pet lovers (including those who need service animals); amateur photographers (who unintentionally include an image of an entertainer or another guest in the background); self-defense advocates (who consider their protection, and that of their families and friends, more important than a day in the park); picnickers and their families (who might not be medically able to eat, or willing to afford, the fast food and alcoholic beverages sold at the events); and even adult-product shoppers at high noon.
All things considered, I wonder if the Days of ’47 restrictions are more or less as unnecessarily invasive and numerous as those of the Utah Pride Festival. If so, maybe those who are complaining about the Days of ’47 restrictions should attempt to see the glass house that their own community leaders have built around them and others.
I support the Mormons Building Bridges goal, but, perhaps its supporters who have been asked to contact Days of ’47 producers about its policies should also contact the Utah Pride Festival producers about its policies, too.