Despite Today, Pro-Gays Are Optimistic

Today the Utah Senate Judiciary Interim Committee denied the first of the Common Ground Initiative bills, proposing wrongful death benefits for same-sex couples 4 to 2.

The committee, led by such high-public names like Michael Waddoups and Chris Buttars heard extensive argument about the (very familiar) slippery slope that these rights may land the legislature on. Testimony after testimony focused soley on gay marriage, with a new push highlighting California, and showing what this “would” lead to. And despite excellent rebuttals by citizens like Linda Barney and Jeff Key, as well as Senators Scott McCoy and Ross Romero (the only YES’s on the committee), the measure went down.

And yet, despite the filled-to-capacity room of supporters who left with a feeling of gloom, Equality Utah and other local gay-rights groups say they are very optimistic.

“This is only the beginning..” said Lauren Littlefield, field coordinator for Equality Utah, “we have a lot of bills coming up, and we are truly fighting the good fight.” She also added, “we have a lot of work to do in these coming weeks, and I’m thrilled to see where this is heading.”

Many groups have events planned over the next few weeks that people can get involved in to show their support. Equality Utah’s next phone-banking session is this Thursday night (the 29th) at 5:30pm at their offices. PRIDE In Your Community is also hosting a Valentine’s Day event where members will carpool to rural Utah to talk with neighborhoods and legislators.

All in all, what is the day’s message? Hope. There is always going to be opposition, and we will never have everyone on our side. But let us not so soon forget that resounding call that moved so many of us, let us remember that when someone tells you that we cannot accomplish our dreams, YES WE CAN.

For more information on Equality Utah, visit
For more information on PRIDE In Your Community, send an email to


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by esetapolkadots on January 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    good luck you guys! thanks for all your hard work for human rights everywhere. don’t give up 🙂


  2. Never, ever give up! I think someone famous said that…but just know Lauren and I are behind you, love you, and support you. and I will make cookies forever if that’s what it takes! Don’t mean to sound trite, but sometimes it IS the small, every day things that make the most difference. And each of you is doing that! I am honored to know you!!


  3. Posted by Elaine Ball on January 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Yeah – go you for being so optimistic! I spoke with Lauren today, too, and she was awesome. We really are fighting the good fight.


  4. Posted by shinshige on January 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I’m out of Utah and now in California, but I will keep pushing for support for those in my former Great State that now need the help.

    Fighting the good fight, I believe, is the best way to put it. Good luck to all of you out there.


  5. Posted by Michael Mueller on January 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you Eric…I left that hearing with a feeling of utter doom and gloom but you are right. It ain’t over and count me in on your trip to rural Utah. We have an SUV that can sit 8 and I’m reaaaaddddyyyy!!!!


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