News (USA)

Judge puts hold on lawsuit as Utah moves to repeal ‘no promo homo’ law

Judge puts hold on lawsuit as Utah moves to repeal ‘no promo homo’ law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to put on hold a lawsuit challenging Utah state laws that restrict positive talk about homosexuality in schools until state lawmakers decide on a proposal that could resolve the issue.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Wednesday granted a joint request from both sides in the lawsuit.

A proposal to strip state law of language that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Senate committee and next goes to the full Senate.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued the state education board last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students.”

Judge Benson says if the bill becomes law, the two sides must meet to discuss if the lawsuit is still necessary.

© 2017, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

Study: Female employers preferred gay job candidates

Previous article

Transgender woman shot to death in Chicago

Next article