I am a straight scoutmaster with a wife, two children and a golden retriever so it does not impact me other than the loss to our troop of some great volunteers to the program. What we did was carry the American flag proudly at the front of the parade; and having scouts in color guards in parades is as American as apple pie.
—  Peter Brownstein, Salt Lake City BSA volunteer • Commenting on a reprimand that he and fellow Salt Lake City resident Neil Whitaker received from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America after participating in the Utah Pride Parade on June 2. The two men have apparently been told they could be kicked out of the BSA, for violating rules which bar leaders from using the BSA to advance political positions, if they don’t apologize to local organization officials for participating in the parade. Both men have indicated they have no plans to apologize. source

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Utah historical parade rejects Mormon LGBT float

Utah’s Days Of ‘47 Parade, the biggest parade in the state, has rejected a Mormon LGBT group’s request for a float. Organizers say it’s because the float would cause too much controversy, and they don’t want to spark any political debate.

The parade honors the Mormon pioneers’ arrival in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It’s not technically run by the Mormon church, but the LDS is a major sponsor and church presidents often participate. The organization who was rejected, Mormons Building Bridges, says they are not a political group, but one that seeks to improve the relationship between Mormons and LGBT people in Utah.

“We wouldn’t have the Mormons Building Bridges float in there any more than we’d have the NRA (National Rifle Association) or something else that might turn people off,” Executive Vice President Greg James tells the Salt Lake Tribune. …

One of the problems in the country right now is everyone is too polarized,“ James said. "We’re just trying to stay as neutral as we can.”

This would have been the first time an LGBT Mormon float appeared in the Days Of '47. Members of Mormons Building Bridges have already appealed the decision, but with no luck. Guess progress is slow to come by, after all.