After a federal judge struck down
the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah, gay and lesbian couples lined up at county clerk's offices across the state to get married. The couples waited hours, some with children, for their applications to be processed, something Salt Lake City mayor, Ralph Becker called, "Thrilling pandemonium." The rush was due in part to the fear that the motion to stop marriages would pass, making it so the couples could not get married, which fortunately, did not happen.
In Salt Lake City, one man, Peter Brownstein, was there to witness a marriage when he saw the long line and decided to do something kind for the couples and the employees who skipped lunch to continue processing the applications. Brownstein and his son Michael went to Little Caesar's and bought 10 pizzas, bringing them them back for the couples and employees. The two drew attention to themselves with their choice of attire, Peter in his Scoutmaster uniform and Michael in his Eagle Scout uniform, people took to Twitter and Facebook, with comments like, "Utah. Boy scouts. Delivering pizzas. To support. Gay marriage. The end." Michael said he saw the act as, "simply providing service" with his father adding, "I would say that it's meant to show what true Scouting values are-- of thinking of others and helping others and not being selective about who you are helping."
To put it simply, in conservative, Mormon, Utah, a father and son donned their Boy Scout uniforms to deliver pizzas
to gay and lesbian couples waiting to get married. Would they do it again? "In a heartbeat."
This year has been full of controversy for the Boy Scouts, who were under fire for their anti-gay policies. The ban on gay boy scouts was lifted in May
, but unfortunately a ban on gay leaders is still in effect. Brownstein was the leader for Boy Scout Troop 351 and had been an advocate for the organization to allow gay boys and men. Last June, he participated in the Salt Lake City pride parade, but was reprimanded for "using Scouting to advance the gay agenda." In September, Troop 351 lost their sponsor, The United Jewish Federation of Utah, who said that families of the Scouts thought that Brownstein had shifted his focus away from the children.
Brownstein's only regret was not having enough pizza so that he could have a slice.