GOP Utah Gov Is State’s First To Recognize Pride Month, Salt Lake City Mayor Raises Rainbow Flag Over City Hall

Salt Lake City’s ABC News affiliate:

On Monday, Governor Spencer Cox issued an order declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Utah.

“We must encourage relevant and vital conversations about what it means to love each other, understand our differences, and support our LGBTQ+ friends and family members,” Gov. Cox says in the declaration.

“We can strengthen resilience in the LGBTQ+ community through family and community inclusion and by providing access to help, and giving them our support, respect, understanding, and friendship.”

Read the full article. Earlier this year, Cox expressed opposition to an anti-trans sports bill which then died in the state senate after having been passed earlier by the Utah House.

More from Ben Winslow at Salt Lake’s Fox affiliate:

Gov. Cox is believed to be the first Utah governor to issue such a proclamation, but he is known for his friendliness toward the LGBTQ community. At a vigil for victims of the Pulse massacre in Florida, he gave an apology for past homophobia. He threatened vetoes of anti-transgender legislation in the 2021 session.

His predecessor, Governor Gary Herbert, fought a marriage equality lawsuit brought by now Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City. However, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the appeals, Gov. Herbert abandoned any future attempts at litigation and instructed state agencies to recognize same-sex couples in government services.

Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is not believed to have issued any such proclamation, but was supportive of LGBTQ rights and later spoke out in support of same-sex marriage.

(Tipped by JMG reader Rob)