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

FileUtah Senate chamber MICHELLE L. PRICE [ap]

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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