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Utah school official under review after LGBT social post

August 26, 2021 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A conservative member of Utah’s board of education who criticized the use of a gay pride flag in a social media post is under investigation.

The Utah State Board of Education said in a statement released Tuesday that Natalie Cline’s post does not represent the school board and that it is reviewing the post for potential violations.

Cline shared a photo on Facebook this week of a gay pride flag in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminary building with a message welcoming members of the LGBTQ community to the seminary.

Cline then wrote: “Time to make some phone calls. The world is too much with us.”

Cline told the Standard-Examiner that she is in favor of welcoming “all students” but said that the seminary message welcoming the LGBTQ community could exclude others.

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Troy Williams, executive director of the group Equality Utah, condemned Cline’s comments and criticized her for an “ongoing obsession with LGBTQ youth.”

“She has been leading a one-woman crusade against our community ever since she was elected to the Utah State Board of Education,” Williams said in a statement. “Her dangerous rhetoric continues to incite hysteria and moral panic among Utah parents.”

Cline’s post came shortly after Jeffrey Holland, a top leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called on church-owned Brigham Young University to uphold its commitment to the faith’s fundamental teachings, including its stance against same-sex marriage.