Today the state of Utah introduced a bill that would provide housing and employment protections for LGBT citizens across the state. What makes this ground breaking is the fact that this non-discrimination bill was introduced to the state legislature with the support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This bill would give state wide protections to LGBT people, while also giving certain religious freedom protections to those of faith, and faith institutions. This measure is lauded by the President of the Human Right’s Campaign who said:
“This is an extraordinary moment for the state of Utah, for LGBT Americans, and for the Mormon Church, which, by supporting this legislation, shows a willingness to align with others on the right side of history,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The desire exhibited by the Mormon Church to work toward common ground should serve as a model for other faith traditions here in the United States.”
The Human Right’s Campaign has previously been at odds with the LDS church for it’s position on Proposition 8 in California, and for remarks made by leaders of the Church.
This step towards common protection and mutual respect is very encouraging in a state where religious devotion is an especially strong part of the local culture. It is the opinion of this author that this is a tremendous step for the Church in supporting the protection of LGBT people. We look forward with hope that this bill does pass.
Click link to read full HRC response to bill introduction.
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UPDATE: The LDS Church has also released a statement about this bill. Read here at Mormon Newsroom.
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