Bill expected soon on LGBT discrimination, religious rights in Utah

Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City LGBTQ Nation

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are expected as early as Tuesday to unveil a compromise bill that protects LGBT individuals against discrimination in housing and employment while also protecting religious rights.

Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City

Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City

Sen. Stuart Adams, a Layton Republican who has helped lead negotiations on the issue, told reporters Monday that closed-door negotiations have been positive and he hopes to see something soon.

Adams declined to name what sticking points may have come up during the talks.

Supporters of gay rights have unsuccessfully pushed for a statewide non-discrimination law for years.

After the Mormon church issued a nationwide call for laws that balance both sides of the issue, advocates said they expect they’ll find a solution this year that includes religious protections called for by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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