I was, however, impressed to read an Op Ed last week by Republican and Mormon senator Stephen Urquhart. He sponsored a non-discrimination bill that would outlaw housing and employment discrimination based on sexual identity and orientation. Yes, that is still very legal in Utah. Of course it is, as you all know the church's stance on homosexuality. This church has gone to great lengths and spent big dollars to withhold rights from the gay community in Utah and other states, most notably California. I applaud Mr. Urquhart's bravery and wish there were others who would stand up for what is clearly elementary! No one should be discriminated against!
Sadly, today's paper had an article, "Anti-discrimination bill for gays appears dead for 2013 session". Apparently, there are just not enough votes to get it passed. Here is a direct quote from the article, "Advocates from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had negotiated for more than a year with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to try to win support for the legislation." You see, this unlawful influence is not even a secret. This is just sad and pathetic. It displays bigotry and I cannot believe that we Utahns accept it.