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Some parents not happy about ‘Day of Silence'



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Mary Richards reportingSome Utah parents say a Friday event to support gay students should not take place in public schools. But gay advocates say they've got it all wrong.

Some parents say public schools should not allow a "Day of Silence" over the treatment of gay and lesbian students. They say next thing you know people will want to push other agendas like bestiality or child abuse.

Yana Walton with the Utah Pride Center disagrees. "It's more of a ‘slippery-slope' argument that is really irrelevant to what the national ‘Day of Silence' is all about," she said.

On their Web sites, Mission America and the American Family Association list 12 Utah schools they say are promoting Friday's "Day of Silence." But Walton says there is no list of schools because the "Day of Silence" is not school-sponsored, it's student-led nationwide.

Walton says students can chose to be quiet all day or for breaks and lunch. They plan to give others a card explaining their silence.

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