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Published: Sunday, June 5 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

No question about it, it's the brightest, funniest, and most enthusiastic parade of the year. So happy we can have this in our state.

Orem, UT

It's an interesting dichotomy between those who believe Sunday is a 'Holiday' verses those who believe it's a 'Holy Day'.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We are all in the pursuit of happiness (or pleasure which are not the same thing) in some form or another. I believe there is a Plan of Happiness provided to us by a loving Heavenly Father. Within this plan, there are rules. These rules must be followed strictly due to the laws that govern the universe. Those that are broken will be followed by various degrees of consequences whether they be right or wrong. These consequences may be immediate or may develop over the longterm, but they will happen without a doubt.

We all have our own choices to make and I will not judge others for their choices. "For they are free to choose..."

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Nice to hear from the vocal minority again.

Salt Lake City, UT

I went there!

So much fun! Kids, grannies, all flavors of people were there. And it was fantastic to see people, on a nice day like this, just being happy that we exist.

Salt Lake City, Utah

A fun event on a beautiful day. Very nice.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

We who respect each other, serve the Lord.
We who disparate hate, serve the Lord.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Interesting that an article on the cause of aids comes out on the same day?' - KM | 4:04 p.m. June 5, 2011

Actually, the article is about the progress and hopeful cure for AIDS. But, I'm sure your just trying to paint homosexuals carriers by association.

Also, I would think EVERYONE would want a cure for AIDS, as it factually affects everyone.

My example?

Ryan White
Brryan Jackson
Magic Johnson, etc, etc.

And last, AIDS was discovered in 1981. If your trying to say that gays have a direct relation to AIDS, how do you explain homosexuals over 30 years old?

I'm 33. :)

'Within this plan, there are rules.' - jasonlivy | 4:04 p.m.

Polygamy, legal until 1890.
Interacial marriage, denied until 1967.
Gay marriage, allowed 1st in MA in 2004.

So easy to forget Amendment 3, Utah, 2004. A change from 'two people' in marriage in Utah's state constituion, to 'one man and one woman.'

Smithfield, UT

Pride. Well named.

salt lake city, utah

jason, "These rules must be followed strictly due to the laws that govern the universe." What? Gravity, second law of thermodynamics,..and this has what to do with sexual orientation?

Actually, you are a wonderful example of why I don't believe anymore. To look across the vastness of the universe and think that it's about humans is beyond silly.

Springville, UT

Interesting that the Church-owned newspaper sends a reporter to tell us about all the fun we could have had on the Sabbath celebrating our sexual diversity, except that we were in the chapels we were counseled to fill. There we were instructed to keep the day holy and keep our thoughts and actions pure.

Are we trying to have it both ways? Making friends with Babylon, while smacking the saints over their heads for not staying on the "straight and narrow path"?

Let's be honest, this same crowd that used to march around Temple Square can't stand you. And no matter how much you try to be their friend, until you give gays the priesthood and allow gay marriages in the temple, you'll never be their friend.

For the Church-owned Deseret News to send a reporter to cover Utah Pride doesn't show much wisdom. Just the opposite.

Logan, UT

"For the Church-owned Deseret News to send a reporter to cover Utah Pride doesn't show much wisdom. Just the opposite.

Yeah, shame on a NEWSpaper for covering the largest parade in the state. How dare a NEWSpaper report news!

Salt Lake City, UT

Maple Don, Just because the DNews is owned by the LDS Church doesn't mean that it shouldn't cover this event. It was of great significance in terms of number of people involved (both in the parade and watching) and as a reflection of an important aspect of both Salt Lake and the State of Utah. I was there and it was a lot of fun! I slipped it in between attending my stake High Council meeting and my sacrament meeting.

As part of an LDS culture, we need to become more respectful and aware of the struggles of our LGBT brothers and sisters, both inside and outside the Church, to obtain the basic civil rights they are entitled to. It's not my job to judge others based on what they do in their bedrooms.

I'm about as straight as they come but there are many wonderful people in the LGBT community who I love and who are living more Christian lives from what I can tell than some of my recommend holding LDS friends. And that's OK. We're all at different places in the process.

We need to knock off the judging.

Springville, UT

Gandalf, I'm still laughing. Yeah, right. Sure.

High Council meetings aren't held on Fast Sundays.

Honesty eludes you.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Respect goes both ways.
"pragmatistferlife | 7:24 p.m. June 5, 2011" Although I am not the first to do so, I look at the cosmos and celebrate the glory of God.

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

We all need to have pride in something, and I'm proud that our little town has reached the big time enough to have a legit pride parade. Things get better and all that jazz. Too bad we couldn't have a pride parade for a Utah Jazz championship.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Roseanne Barr gave one of the Top 10 Worst National-Anthem renditions of all time and then made a crude gesture. hard to take anyone like that seriously. Why would anyone want her to lead their parade?

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT


"many wonderful people in the LGBT community...are living more Christian lives from what I can tell than some of my recommend holding LDS friends."

And exactly how would you know that without judging your "recommend holding LDS friends"?

"We need to knock off the judging."

No kidding.

Cebterville, Utah

Way to go Gandalf. As a Mormon, my thoughts exactly. Celebrate differences and the knowledge it brings! Enjoy other's beliefs and ways and love them for who they are. So they are different. Embrace them anyway.

Bronx, NY

thank you Gandaff and guswetrust, your words are very kind and I appreciate your understanding that there is plenty of room in the world for people of all stripes. A little more mutual respect and dare I say love would go a long way in healing the hurt feelings on both sides in our community.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Last time I checked pride was still a sin.

I have often wondered why people take pride (or satisfaction) in things they can do nothing about. I am of European extraction. I am a white guy. I am not proud of my "whiteness" I am just white.

If a persons sexual orientation cannot be changed, why take pride in it?

Why not take pride (or satisfaction) in accomplishment?
Self esteem comes from accomplishment and accomplishment comes from hard work.

To me it is laughable to take pride in something I can do nothing to effect.

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