I refer to Roger Carrier as a pro-gay activist because he himself is straight, having been married to a woman for 40 years. Yet he emphatizes with gays so strongly that he wants to put up a statue to the late Harvey Milk, a "civil-rights hero" who never even set foot in the state. This story actually first broke on February 27th, but the Salt Lake Crawler just today brought it to my attention.
He first launched his campaign with an LTE published in the University of Utah's Daily Utah Chronicle on February 25th, 2009. But while he believes that gay marriage is simply a matter of justice, he's most troubled by the effect on Utah's image by Senator Chris Buttars. A news video aired by KTVX Channel 4 provides more information:
However, Carrier's pro-gay activism predates this latest campaign. In November, after Proposition 8 was passed in California, he posted a letter on Andrew Callahan's SigningForSomething blog in support of gay marriage. Callahan is the LDS high priest threatened with excommunication for his overt public criticism of the LDS Church's stand on gay marriage. The LDS Church does not sanction its members for merely expressing a different political opinion and working politically to implement it; it's only when a member launches a direct public attack upon the Church, as Sonia Johnson did, that a member becomes liable for Church discipline.
Roger Carrier also reportedly attended "Buttars-palooza", a rally celebrating the "galvanizing" effect Buttars' recent statements had on Utah's gay community. The rally was held on Salt Lake's Capitol Hill on Saturday February 28th. Attendance estimates vary; while the Deseret News reported only 300 people (which seems too low), both the Salt Lake Tribune and KTVX reported around 1,000.
The Salt Lake Crawler has picked up on this story, and to absolutely no one's surprise, Glen Warchol seems favorably disposed towards the idea. And in response to criticism that Milk was never in Utah, Warchol reminds us that other places in Utah are named after non-Utahns. Of course, there's that section of 600 South in Salt Lake that's named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but nobody uses the name.
Besides, the intent of Dr. King's activism, before it was derailed, perverted, and transformed into a progressive extortion campaign by hucksters such as JE$$E JACK$ON and Al $harpton, was to ensure basic civil rights for black Americans. The campaign for gay marriage has absolutely nothing to do with civil rights, unless you subscribe to the preposterous notion that marriage is a fundamental constitutional right.
But even Roger Carrier homself admits there's no danger of this statue going up anytime soon.