Utah Group’s ‘Final Solution’ Bill to Relocate Gays a Hoax
March 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A group calling itself Patriots for a Moral Utah held a press conference today on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City, announcing its anti-gay “Fair Solution Initiative,” for “the involuntary redistribution and relocation of homosexuals to municipalities outside state boundaries or, to their rehabilitation in state sanctioned facilities.” Utah residents caught harboring homosexual fugitives would be charged with a crime.The proposal was so outrageous, that it was immediately questioned as a hoax. But in the current climate of extreme right-wing nuttery teabaggers, birthers and conspiracy theorists, people weren’t entirely sure it was fake.
The group Patriots for a Moral Utah, popped up on a Facebook page and appeared to consist of entirely two members: Paul Jackson, whose Facebook page describes him as a 1992 graduate of Provo High School, a supporter of “traditional marriage” and a Tea Party enthusiast and Nora Young, described as the group’s president and “professional homemaker living in Murray.”
The two members known as Jackson and Young, proposed a bill to create a transportation system to forcibly remove all gays from the state. Their elaborate bill stated that extreme measures were necessary to “heal the divides in this state currently afflicted on us by the homosexual population and give them the compassionate choice to either leave the state or conform to the moral standards of society and uphold the values of family and traditional marriage.”
The bill also charged that homosexuals were thuggish deviants:
“They have attacked our sacred institutions and any attempts to reconcile with the deviants are followed by thuggish and brutish behavior including vandalism, defamation, trespassing and violence,” the bill reads. “Even now, the homosexuals are mounting a federal lawsuit that attempts to override state’s [sic] rights regarding traditional marriage.”
After the bizarre news conference, Young made some tongue-in-cheek statements to the press referencing gay hairdressers. “I don’t hate gays. I have a cousin who’s gay. My hairdresser is gay. But I love this country more than I love my hairdresser,” she said. Young also said that Utah’s gays “[would] all be happier” in “homosexual havens” such as San Francisco and New York City.
Utah’s ABC4 News pointed out that the group’s over-the-top-rhetoric mirrored the “extermination order” that drove early Mormons from Missouri in the 1800s, but it also used language reminiscent of Nazi justification for the extermination of Jews during World War II.
It was suggested that the “Fair Solution Initiative,” may have been the work of the Yes Men pranksters. But to date, they have not claimed responsibility.