Gay Rights, Religious Liberty Bills in Development

Utah Capitol(Salt Lake City)- SALT LAKE CITY — One of the biggest issues on Utah’s Capitol Hill that has yet to see daylight. A series of bills dealing with gay rights and religious freedom are either stalled in the rules committee, or waiting to be unveiled. The issues have traction in the legislature like never before, especially since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced support for LGBT nondiscrimination legislation — provided it was coupled with protections for people’s religious beliefs. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert was emphatic that a compromise needed to be made between gay rights and religious liberties. The governor claimed that people who have opposed same-sex marriage had been targeted for speaking out. (Audio) “Not only have they been targeted by people using their First Amendment right to free speech, but they have been targeted in their workplace. They’ve been threatened and lost their job and seniority,” he said.

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