Must We “Celebrate Everyone’s Parade?” Statement from Police Officer Who Asked For Alt Assignment In Utah Pride Parade

In my duties as a police officer, I have been called upon to protect events I disagree with, including several LGBT rallies. I never felt that my personal or religious beliefs “exempted” me from serving or protecting anyone’s First Amendment rights or safety. I love and respect them as fellow children of God; however, I should never be forced to personally celebrate any messages. That is my right. It is unquestionably my duty as a police officer to protect everyone’s right to hold a parade or other event, but is…