Monday, March 16, 2015

Is the "Utah Compromise" a sign of peace in the gay rights vs. religious freedom wars?

By Julia Craven

UTAH---It was undoubtedly a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Utah. After long negotiation, the state legislature on Wednesday passed a law that bars discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The “Utah compromise” among state lawmakers, LGBT groups and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been in the works for seven years, The New York Times reported. But S.B. 296 doesn't actually cover all situations. A key provision exempts religious institutions, organizations, associations and their affiliates, as well as the Boy Scouts of America, from being defined as employers for these purposes. [link]