Utah is probably the closest thing we have to a church/state in our Country. It is difficult to win any elected office in Utah if you aren't Mormon. The Church and political power are one in the same in Utah. That has always created some tension with non Mormons. This is seen in the football rivalry between the University of Utah (minority Mormon) and Brigham Young University (99% Mormon). Their annual football game is called the "holy war." That has been the way things have always been in Utah but that is changing.
The secular population of Salt Lake City is growing faster than the Mormon population. The beautiful city with great climate has rapidly been attracting a non-Mormon population. Projections show that about 2030 Mormons will be a minority of Utah's population. This will probably be sooner in Salt Lake. This trend was seen once before in the early 20th Century when non Mormon miners came to Utah. The current non Mormon migration doesn't seem to have the temporary nature of the miner migration. No where is this changing demographic seen more than with Salt Lake's growing gay population.
This last weekend there was a gay pride festival and parade. As a reaction to the conservative political climate of the city gay rights organizations have developed a "in your face" attitude. Gay marriage in Utah is still in the courts but the issue was front and center during the weekend event.
Politically Utah is still strongly a red state but it is not hard to see that a "pink" state may be in Utah's future. Climate and generational changes may move Utah politically in the next generation. Nice that Marylanders are already there. Utah-nice place to visit- but Howard County still feels more "civil" to me.