Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Round 1 ***Ding***

Yesterday the committee room was packed full with standing room only. In each corner of the room we could see blue, green and white “Common Ground” buttons. Thanks to all of you that came and stood for Common Ground! Packing the room was a victory in itself. While the results were disappointing, today we feel a renewed passion. We are pressing forward and will continue to seek common ground. Our focus is now HB 267, the Fair Workplace and Housing Bill, and it is not over yet!

We all heard the Eagle Forum and other groups spreading misinformation about “preserving traditional marriage,” and the “slippery slope.” You can watch their comments below.

[Opposition Testimony videos coming soon!]

Their messages about marriage are simply inaccurate. The Common Ground Initiative is about basic legal protections.

After public comment was over Sen. McCoy gave an inspiring summation of the bill.

The Common Ground Initiative is not about marriage. It is about basic legal protections for gay and transgender Utahns. We will continue to seek common ground, and a fair and just Utah.

There are still plenty of opportunities for you to get involved including a phone bank on Thursday January 29th at 5:30 at the Equality Utah Office. For more opportunities to get involved with the Common Ground Initiative please visit our calendar.

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