LGBT group's float rejected for Days of ‘47 Parade

May 7 2014 - 12:42pm

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FILE - In this June 2, 2013 file photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2013 file photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2013 file photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2013 file photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy.

Greg James of the Days of '47 Parade tells the Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fPkTsR) it's organizers' policy to turn down any float they believe will ignite political debate.

But Mormons Building Bridges co-founder Kendall Wilcox says the planned float steers clear of politics.

The organization proposed a convertible car of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and have Mormon heritage.

The group aims to improve the relationship between Utah's gay community and the Mormon church.

Parade organizers say about a dozen applications are denied each year for the July 24 event.

The celebration honors the Mormon pioneers' 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

 

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