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Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it's actually The Advocate's surprise winner atop this year's "Gayest Cities in America" list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag's editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah's capital "has earned its queer cred."

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A lawsuit tinged with questions of free speech and separation of church and state ended when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Summum religious group's attempts to install a marker of its own in a Utah park that already has a Ten Commandments monument.

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Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that "blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism." Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: "A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president."

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