25 years ago today - Feb 11, 1996

In an official editorial against allowing Utah's high schools to have clubs for gay and lesbian students, the Deseret News comments: "It is still appalling that more than half of the identified hate crimes in Utah are aimed at homosexuals." The editorial concludes by affirming the attitude on which such hate crimes are based: "homosexual activities and practices are an abomination, not just some 'alternative lifestyle' no better or worse than others." Within days Salt Lake City's school board prohibits all extracurricular clubs as the only way to stop students from forming homosexually oriented clubs and still comply with federal laws against discrimination in public schools. These events are reported by the major national newspapers and network television news programs.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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