A statewide public education campaign called Utah Unites For Marriage was launched March 18 during a press conference.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah Brett Tolman, Mayor of Salt Lake Ralph Becker and a former TV news anchor Terry Wood have joined together to fight for gay marriage in response to the Kitchen v. Herbert court case.
Wood said the campaign has been formed to raise awareness about marriage equality through social media, press conferences and the internet.
“As the word gets out, as people see that there are prominent Utahns who support the rights of all to get married, it will make them aware of the situation," Wood said. "Education is what we’re trying to do.”
Wood said he supports gay marriage not only because his son is gay, but also because he supports individual rights.
“From Utah’s Capitol Hill, we heard the cry, 'state’s rights,'" Wood said. "Well, I think that argument is hypocrisy. I think it is morally wrong to stand up for the right of the state to discriminate. No state has the right to discriminate at all. No state has the right to tell people in love who they can or cannot marry.”
Utah Unites For Marriage will have an interfaith event on April 8.
Morgan Pratt is a sophomore at Utah State University seeking a degree in Journalism and Communications.