The 30th anniversary celebration of the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union included honoring Sen. Frances Farley, D-Salt Lake City, for her commitment to the priciples the ACLU stands for.
Farley, a three-term legislator, received the 1988 Renie Cohen Memorial Award at the ACLU's annual dinner and Liberty Ball Saturday. The only woman in the 29-member state Senate she has said she has concentrated her political efforts on protecting minorities, women and the poor.
Utah ACLU Executive Director Robyn Blumner praised Farly for supporting "much of the most progressive and egalitarian legislation" to come before lawmakers since she was first elected in 1976.
"She is willing to take stands that are unpopular in this state but that are constitutionally correct," Blumner said, such as requiring that schools provide students with information on communicable diseases, includubg AIDS.
The keynote speaker at the dinner was Howard Ball, dean of the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science. Ball described his experiences as a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi ACLU.
Ball held a similar position with the Utah ACLU for three years after he moved to the state in 1982. He has written numerous books on the legal system in the United States.
More than 200 of the 1,100 members of the state chapter attended the dinner and ball, held at the University Park Hotel.