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Utah anti-discrimination bill dead as lawmakers avoid LGBT-related legislation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state’s gay marriage case.

FileUtah Senate chamber

FileUtah Senate chamber

Sen. Steve Urquhart, a St. George Republican, has pushed for GOP leaders to allow the bill to have a hearing and has even called for supporters to leave notes on the Utah Senate doors.

Supporters left about 450 notes, but Urquhart’s fellow Senate Republicans are holding firm.

Urquhart says his bill has nothing to do with gay marriage, but unless something changes, it’s likely this is the end for his proposal this year.

His bill would bar discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual identity or orientation.

It remains unclear if lawmakers will take a similar approach on a bill that would require school students to use restrooms that are consistent with the gender defined on their birth certificate.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. What do this people think they’ll gain by putting this on the back-burner??
    What Argument do they think they’ve got, that’s going to change anything??
    They’re just Embarrassing themselves!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:57pm
  2. Idiots on parade! the Mormon Church will spend as much money as they need to to make sure this doesn’t happen.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:09pm
  3. Take the money away from the Mormon church. Tax the hell out of them!
    Separation of Church and state, even in Utah!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:20pm
  4. The are such sore losers. Emphasis on losers.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:23pm
  5. Angel Moroni, huh? Isn’t moroni the plural of moron?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:43pm
  6. Yep we need to throw them out

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:03pm
  7. Say Good Bye to the GOP in Utah come election time

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:07pm
  8. What would excpect from UTAH? DAH!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:11pm