Bill to protect LGBT rights, religious freedom in Utah may not happen this year


SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker leading negotiations on a bill that would protect both LGBT and religious rights says the parties may not be able to reach a deal this year.

Utah-flagSen. Stuart Adams, a Layton Republican, acknowledged Thursday that lawmakers are still working on the language of the compromise, which has not been unveiled.

Adams said that although they have made progress, they still have some details to work out and there is a possibility they won’t have a final bill before the legislative session ends in March.

His comments came on the heels of an NAACP announcement denouncing an alternative religious rights bill proposed by Rep. LaVar Christensen, a Draper Republican.

The NAACP said Wednesday that bill would allow people to use their beliefs as an excuse for discriminating against others.

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