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Utah Dems Elect First Openly Gay Man As Party Leader

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2011

And he wants to assure the state’s Mormons that they are also welcome in the “big tent” party:

“I want to speak directly to the LDS people in our state,” Jim Dabakis said Saturday after being nominated for state party chairman. “I want you LDS people to participate in our party. We want your spirit, we want your contributions and we want to earn your votes. I will do whatever I can as chair to see that our big tent is comfortable to LDS people because it’s the right thing to do.”

Dabakis co-founded Equality Utah and The Utah Pride Center. Shortly after his nomination for the top job, he joked, “This is a historic moment. Utah may elect its first out Greek-American party chair.”

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Timothy Kincaid
July 18th, 2011 | LINK

Good for him for reaching out. I think it might even get some success. Some Mormons appear to becoming disenchanted by the politicization of their faith.

cowboy
July 18th, 2011 | LINK

Jim Dabakis’ influence and connections has made a big difference in Utah politics. You probably would not have had an Mormon spokesman give a public endorsement for anti-discrimination at the Salt Lake City council meeting a couple of years ago if it weren’t for some meetings Jim arranged with key top officials.

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