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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church Against Changing Alcohol Laws for Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The LDS Church released a statement yesterday urging lawmakers to keep Utah's stringent alcohol laws intact, in spite of the coming 2002 Olympic Games. The laws have been a source of contention for the Olympics, with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee seeking to work within the current laws and Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson asking the legislature to loosen the laws.

In its statement yesterday, the LDS Church said, "The church opposes the liberalization of Utah's state or local alcohol regulatory laws to accommodate the 2002 Winter Olympics. Such an action would have an ongoing effect on the citizenry of Utah long after the Olympics are over. Utah's long-standing alcohol laws to protect the public health, safety and welfare should not be eroded to appease short-term Olympic visitors to our state." The statement is consistent with the Church's long-standing position on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

The SLOC's Romney wants alcohol kept off of the medals plaza in downtown Salt Lake City, but wants to allow alcohol sales at other Salt Lake City "celebration" sites, which will have large video screens for viewing the events. Romney says that the SLOC policy is, "First, to be gracious hosts," which he says requires serving alcohol. Second, to ensure alcohol sales and promotion are not aimed at children. And third, to promote "responsible drinking," Romney adds that the SLOC may have to apply for beer permits so that most venues have beer available.

But Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants to go farther. He says Utah's "unreasonable and extremely outdated" laws should be loosened. "Somebody has to start the dialogue about reasonable change," Anderson said. In spite of the Church's statement, he continued his call yesterday for permanent change, "There seems to be a misconception that I'm only talking about changing the liquor laws for the Olympics. I'm saying we need to liberalize our liquor laws permanently."


Change liquor laws permanently, not just for Olympics, Anderson stresses
Salt Lake Tribune 13Oct00 S1
By Glen Warchol: Salt Lake Tribune

Romney, SLOC Stick To Their Guns on Beer
Salt Lake Tribune 13Oct00 S1
By Mike Gorrell: Salt Lake Tribune

Don't change liquor laws, church says
Deseret News 12Oct00 S1
By Diane Urbani: Deseret News staff writer
LDS see no need to 'appease' Games visitors


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