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Welcome to Our Town. Or, Maybe Not. — The New York Times
Most businesses in this southern Utah town have a tourism booster sticker in their front windows saying, "Everyone Welcome Here," which sounds pretty tame until you get to the little rainbow-colored people beneath the text. Are those little people gay?
'Natural Family' Feud — The Los Angeles Times
The City Council of Kanab, Utah, resolved to promote the nuclear family unit. It ended up sowing discord in a once close-knit tourist town.
We are “natural family” —
The Kanab, Utah, City Council adds bigotry to the area's many attractions.
Family resolution divides Kanab — Deseret News
The "natural family" will remain "a vision for the city of Kanab," even though most of the town's 3,600 residents appear to be offended by the controversial proclamation penned by the Sutherland Institute. "When I first read the resolution, I knew it was wrong," said Kanab pharmacist Kortney Stirland, who attended the Kanab City Council meeting on Tuesday in support of rescinding the resolution.
Kanab endorses 'natural' families — The Salt Lake Tribune
After unanimously endorsing a conservative think tank's resolution supporting the "natural family," Kanab's City Council is coming under fire - naturally. Gay-rights advocates and even some residents are scolding city leaders for embracing a nonbinding proposal that: * Labels marriage between a man and a woman as "ordained of God." * Sees homes as "open to a full quiver of children." * Envisions young women "growing into wives, homemakers and mothers and . . . young men growing into husbands, home builders and fathers."
Kanab's 'natural family' decree spawns tourism backlash — The Salt Lake Tribune
Ted Hallisey's job is to turn tourists on to Kane County, but Kanab's endorsement of a "natural-family resolution" is turning some visitors off. "Recently read about your vote to censure anyone other than . . . heterosexual, childbearing couples. Even though I fit that bill, I am so disturbed by your actions that I am rescheduling my travel plans to avoid Kanab completely," reads one e-mail sent to the city.
Utah town is threatened with a boycott over traditional-family resolution — Associated Press
The little Utah tourist town of Kanab is a gateway to some of the biggest views in Red Rock country. Nearby are Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks as well as other stunning landscapes that formed the backdrop for TV's “Gunsmoke” and “The Lone Ranger.” “Our slogan has been 'Come and play in our backyard,'” Kane County's tourism director Ted Hallisey says. But some tourists may be passing up Kanab this year.
Boycott of Kanab is sought — Deseret News
If you're planning a trip to Kanab anytime soon, don't expect any travel tips from vacation guru Arthur Frommer. In fact, the author of "Frommer's Travel Guides" only has one hint for would-be vacationers: Don't go. Frommer, a nationally syndicated columnist, is calling for a boycott of the southern Utah city after city leaders passed a "natural family" resolution expressing support for "upholding the marriage of a woman to a man, and a man to a woman as ordained by God."
Resolution has many in Kanab up in arms — Deseret News
Kanab residents and businesses are rallying to tell the world that the City Council's passage of a "natural family" resolution doesn't represent the opinions of all who live in the southern Utah town. "So many people are up in arms about it and see it as we do, as discriminatory," said JoAnne Rando-Moon, who moved to Kanab seven years ago and owns a pet-supply business there. "The bottom line is that it's not the business of a city to tell people how to live their lives."
'Family resolution' is defended — Deseret News
Conservative group fears Kanab is unfairly singled out. If Paul Mero owned a billboard, it would read: "Thank Kanab. Visit Kanab. Stand up for Something."
Kanab businesses open arms to all with new sticker — The Salt Lake Tribune
Worried that their City Council's "natural family" resolution could leave them tagged as intolerant, unfriendly or worse, Kanab business owners are banding together and issuing their own label. It reads: ''Everyone welcome here!''
Big bully: Kanab mayor afraid to face teenage critic — The Salt Lake Tribune
Kim Lawson should pick on someone his own size. Kanab's mayor took offense when a 17-year-old Eagle Scout and local newspaper intern had the guts to write "Mayor Lawson, I'm callin' you out," in his Southern Utah News column. But the mayor didn't have the nerve to face the young man down in public, or to address the issues raised in print. Instead, Lawson dashed off a couple of ill-considered letters to the local school superintendent and LDS stake president suggesting that they take the young man in hand or, at least, disassociate themselves from his "diatribes."
Teen takes heat for column on natural family — The Salt Lake Tribune
A target of journalistic jabs for his support of a "natural-family" resolution, Mayor Kim Lawson is fighting back - and not just against travel-writing heavyweight Arthur Frommer. The embattled Kanab mayor also is taking on a not-so-famous scribe: a 17-year-old boy who pens a weekly column in the hometown paper.
Lay off the kid in Kanab — Utah Daily Herald
When normal people are offended by something they read in a newspaper, they write a letter to the editor. But Kanab Mayor Kim Lawson apparently is not like most people.
Think tank touts 'natural' family — Deseret News
The Sutherland Institute envisions "a landscape of family homes, lawns, and gardens busy with useful tasks and ringing with the laughter of many children." It's a vision the conservative-issues group sent last fall to 232 of Utah's city councils and the governing units of every county, said Paul Mero, institute president.
Kanab event celebrates family (Institute that penned city's controversial resolution a backer) —Deseret News
Kanab Mayor Kim Lawson is hoping a crowd shows up tonight for a free concert in the high school gym, capping off an informal two-day "Celebration of the Family."


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