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Poll: 60 percent of Utahns support LGBT housing, employment protections

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace.

UtahThe Salt Lake Tribune poll comes just weeks after a highly publicized federal court decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Salt Lake County Council and the City Council passed legislation in 2010 outlawing workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Another 16 municipalities in the state have done so, as well, according to the Tribune.

But about 35 percent of the survey respondents said Utah doesn’t need statewide protections for LGBT people, while another 6 percent weren’t sure.

The campaign for statewide LGBT protections cleared a Utah Senate committee last year — the most progress it’s made in five years.

Sponsor Sen. Steve Urquhart (R-St. George), said it’s unclear how the recent marriage ruling could affect his proposal to amend state law to include LGBT people.

“I think definitely the dynamic has changed, but I don’t know if things will be easier, harder … more convoluted, I just don’t know,” said Urquhart.

His bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination laws affecting housing and employment.

Last week, another Salt Lake Tribune poll found that Utah residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses — 48 percent in favor, and 48 percent opposed.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. those protections should be passed before marriage

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:46am
  2. Good Job Utah~

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:46am
  3. Only 60%? It’s sad when that number is considered a GOOD thing and not a bad thing, but at least it’ll grow as society progresses.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:47am
  4. GREAT!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:48am
  5. It doesn’t matter what the people want, it matters what the politicians want.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:52am
  6. It doesn’t matter if they keep electing Republicans.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:41am
  7. Funny that the Republicans don't want people on welfare and yet strip and keep people from the rights that can keep them off the dole!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:42am
  8. ..... any one who is not guaranteed a job or housing from being openly gay might as well get a check from the state. IDIOTS!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:43am
  9. It is funny to me how the Republicans want people off the dole yet set them up to fail!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:41am
  10. I thought they were called Utahsi?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:15am
  11. Gee how big of them.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:29am
  12. That is great!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:27am
  13. Progress

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:27am
  14. This is progress. Glad that it is growing in support. Eventually I think it will be at the federal level.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:42pm