The capital of the US state of Utah and Mormon stronghold, Salt Lake City has elected its first openly gay mayor. The former Utah lawmaker 49-year-old Jackie Biskupski defeated to term incumbent Ralph Becker in the mayoral elections. Ms Biskupsi won with more than 51% of the vote.
Ms Biskupski election is a milestone for the LGBT community in Utah. The state of Utah is one of the most conservative states in the United States and has seen the number of setbacks for the LGBT community over recent years.
Just recently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(The Mormon church) this Is it a new directive to its bishops which bands the baptism of children of LGBT parents with the provision that when the child turns 18 and disavows same-sex relationships, They will be eligible for baptism.
— Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) November 17, 2015
— Deseret News (@DeseretNews) November 17, 2015
The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and numerous other Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named “Great Salt Lake City”—the word “great” was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature. Although Salt Lake City is still home to the headquarters of The Mormon, less than half the population of Salt Lake City proper are members of the LDS Church today.