Utah bill protecting LGBT from discrimination is cut Local News 8 • March 2, 2016 A bill that would have made it illegal for businesses to refuse to serve gay or transgender people for religious reasons will not pass this year. Bill sponsor Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis of Salt Lake City says he doesn’t want to distract from a pending hate crime proposal which would add prote
Utah’s Non-Discrimination and Religious Freedom Act is Good for Business, Must be Thoughtfully Carried Out by Employers Utah Policy • June 3, 2015 The Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Act, which went into effect on May 12, prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also protects employees who want to express their religious or moral beliefs in the workplace “in a reasonable, non-disr
As Utah Anti-Discrimination Law Takes Effect, Some LGBT Residents Worry It Will Do Little U.S. News & World Report • May 12, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights took effect Tuesday amid skepticism from some LGBT residents over whether it lives up to its promises. Gay rights groups pushed for an anti-discrimination law for year
Utah Businesses Trying to Understand State’s New Anti-Discrimination, Religious Rights Law Deseret News • May 10, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers, with much fanfare, passed a new law seeking to balance religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns against discrimination in the workplace and housing. But now that the cheering and back-slapping are over, employers are trying to understand how it affects th
How Utah’s Nondiscrimination Law is Different from Indiana, Arkansas The Salt Lake Tribune • April 6, 2015 “The simple answer is that Utah did not pass a RFRA,” said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. “Utah passed a law that protects people of faith and gay and transgender Utahns from discrimination in housing and employment. That’s very different.” Read mor
BREAKING NEWS! LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill Clears Legislature, On Its Way to Utah Governor Salt Lake Tribune • March 12, 2015 Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams hailed the vote as a “monumental day for Utah. This vote proves that protections for gay and transgender people in housing and the workplace can gracefully coexist with the rights of people of faith. One does not exist at the expense of the other.
Utah House Panel Delays Action on Nondiscrimination, Religious Rights Bill Deseret News • March 9, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah House members raised lots of questions during a hearing Monday on potentially monumental legislation looking to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Coupling that with the nearly 20 people who wanted to speak for and against SB296, the House Judiciary Committee de
Utah Bill’s Spirit of Compromise: 10 Scenarios Where SB296 Balances Safeguards for LGBT with Religious Liberties Deseret News • March 8, 2015 Read about where anti-discrimination and religious-liberty protections may or may not apply here.
Utah Bill Would Ban LGBT Discrimination, With Some Big Exceptions Think Progress • March 6, 2015 Lawmakers in Utah have proposed a new bill that would create statewide nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill’s language is a result of LGBT and Mormon leaders working together, and it enjoys support from both sides. S.B. 296, however, is far from a
Utah Bill Bridges Nondiscrimination, Religious Freedoms Divide; Could be a Model for Other States Deseret News • March 5, 2015 Anti-discrimination legislation and religious liberty protections. In the minds of many, the two seemed to be polar opposites, two sides of an “either/or” scenario — you can have one or the other. But not a balance — certainly not both. That is, until Wednesday, when representatives the Legi