Suburban sports fans, only vaguely familiar with the TRAX line, inadvertently got off a stop too soon on the evening of Nov. 7 and wound up rallying at Temple Square against the LDS church’s support of California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8.
The start time for the home game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena coincided with the scheduled time for a peaceful protest at Temple Square with an estimated attendance of more than 3,000 people.
Area man Gerald Sundstrom and his family were among those who, spotting a large, boisterous crowd in the twilight hours, mistakenly assumed they must have arrived at their destination and got off the northbound TRAX line one stop too soon.
“At first I thought all the enthusiasm was for the possibility that D-Will [Jazz guard Deron Williams] was finally going to play after that ankle injury," said Sundstrom. "So I was cheering, too. But then I saw someone holding a ‘We Hate 8’ [Williams’ Jazz jersey number] sign, and thought, ‘What did Deron ever do to that guy?’”
Sundstrom believes that, in the future, TRAX should more clearly identify which stops on the line are the “gay stops.”* (Scott Renshaw)
*satirical inspirational hat-tip to The Onion