(EnviroNews Utah) — Salt Lake City — There were enraged citizens from all walks of life at the “Rally to Restore Sanity to Government” held at the Utah State Capitol on the second to last day of the 2012 legislative session. The event was moved inside due to the cold and wispy weather and took place in front of the state’s own replica of the liberty bell.
The diverse array of groups represented at the event shared a common thread in their desire for the legislature and governor of Utah, sharing a wish that they will listen to the will of the majority in their law making.
Community leaders spoke out on a variety of issues ranging from the loss of sex education and women’s rights, to nuclear waste, air pollution, and the flabbergasting elimination of Utah’s environmental citizen review boards.
Troy Williams is the executive producer of the popular progressive radio program “Radioactive”, as well as a returned LDS (Mormon) missionary and former intern for the highly conservative special interest group Eagle Forum.
Williams stood at the podium and spoke without restraint as he delivered a strong rebuke of both Eagle Forum and the Utah State Legislature for tabling Senate Bill 51 which would have extended civil protections of equality to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities.
He continued speaking in a passionate manner about his days as a returned missionary where he was tormented by the fear of revealing his own homosexuality.
Williams pointed out that even the uber conservative LDS Church, heavily chastised for their special interest and financial involvement in the media campaigns that helped in the passing of the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in California, endorsed the bill along side of 73% of the Utah population.
The sentiment of attendees at the rally, was that this was just another fine example of the Utah Legislature’s inability and/or unwillingness to listen to the voice and will of their own constituencies.