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Making Salt Lake's policies less coarse, more kosher

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 3-84Salt Lake City mayor-elect Ralph Becker has indicated that he will increase domestic partner protections once he takes office the first of the year. His intended executive order would require companies that contract with the Utah city to extend DP benefits to employees:

Mayor-Elect Working to Update Domestic Partnership Policies [KSL.com]

Alright, cool. While it may not be marriage equality, it is definitely a positive step for gay couples. Especially in a state that passed a gay marriage amendment by more than 60% of the vote. In states that red, you gotta applaud whatever you can get.

So thanks, mayor-elect Becker, for helping your area cut through the conservative stereotypes and claim a more positive gay image in the eyes of the world. Now let's keep this train a'rolling until we get to a place where protections of this variety are a total non-issue.

**UPDATE, 1/10/08: Here's Becker explaining his proposed registry:

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Salt Lake City is the "blue" oasis in the Utah's "red" desert.

Remember that the previous Mayor Rocky Anderson protested Bush's visit to the city rather than greet the President.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Nov 14, 2007 5:02:59 PM

This is the nose of gay marriage under the camels tent. One only needs to look at the evidence to see what will happen to American Society. If we look to Canada, we can see families and marriages falling apart because of so called gay marriage. Just look at the effect its having on America with the strong canadian currency eating away at the foundation of our own economy. Not to mention the eventual fall of Europe, Mexico City and other countries that have allowed SIN to be part of the fabric of their society.

Posted by: john anderson | Feb 16, 2008 7:13:56 AM

Yea, John? You're "blaming" the strength of the Canadian dollar on gay marriage? That's a new one.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 16, 2008 8:19:20 AM

Let's face it, this isn't about equal rights. It's about you telling me that you don't like how I live within the privacy of my own home. So tell me again how my decision to commit to someone else of the same sex has destroyed family ideals and is destined to ruin this country? Last I checked the idea of a family was all about love and commitment. But I guess some would rather that we continue on our current course of 50% of marriages breaking up because some straight people have forgotten what a privilege and blessing love and commitment is. To all you sad hypocrites who think it’s Christian to discriminate while you have your 1st or 2rd failed marriages, I offer you the compassion deny me: God bless you and I hope I haven’t ruined your 3rd marriage already.

Posted by: S David Olson | Feb 19, 2008 2:41:35 AM

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