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‘Freedom Brunch’ at State Capitol celebrates marriage equality, raises funds

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-14 21:25:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY – This Valentine’s Day is a first for many LGBT couples in Utah, as many are celebrating their first year as legally married couples.

The Capitol Rotunda was the site of the annual Freedom Brunch Saturday morning, and the event put on by Equality Utah is celebrating marriage equality. The event was also a fundraiser aimed at supporting candidates for public office that have what the group called a fair-minded approach.

Senators Jim Dabakis, D-District 2, and Stephen Urquhart, R-District 29, spoke at the event. This is the third year Urquhart has sponsored SB 100, a bill that aims to protect the LGBT community in Utah from discrimination in housing and employment.

Troy Williams, executive director for Equality Utah, spoke about Saturday’s event.

“This is the people's house; this belongs to all of us,” he said from the State Capitol. “And gay and transgender Utahns are taking their rightful place in the cultural and the legal fabric of Utah, and it's a beautiful, wonderful thing.”

Equality Utah was formed in 2001 and is the largest advocacy for the LGBT community in the state of Utah.