For 2nd year, Mormon LGBT group’s bid to join parades denied

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second straight year, organizers of two of Utah’s most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group’s request to participate.

Organizers of the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City and the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in Provo denied the bid by Mormons Building Bridges to take part in the July events.

Greg James of the Days of ’47 Parade told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1cbGydl ) that organizers consider Mormons Building Bridges an advocacy group and the event’s rules bar advocacy of any kind.

Provo parade organizers didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Erika Munson of Mormons Building Bridges says she believes her group’s message of inclusion and love is consistent with values espoused by the Mormon church and she’s disappointed by the decisions.

Both parades are operated by private nonprofit foundations.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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