Thursday, January 7, 2010

Salt Lake County Passes Pro-LGBT Ordinances

January 7, 2010 2:05PM
Tony Wagner
photo via flickr user Ken Lund

photo via flickr user Ken Lund

On Tuesday, the Salt Lake County government passed two non-discrimination ordinances that would cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace and in housing. This achievement comes on the heels of similar non-discrimination ordinances passed by Salt Lake City in late 2009.

Due to the way the county government is structured, these ordinances only apply to the unincorporated portions of the county, including Copperton, Magna, Millcreek, and Emigration Canyon. Our friends at Equality Utah inform us that the fight for equal rights in the county is not over and that they plan on tackling the incorporated portions of the county on a municipal basis.

As you may recall, HRC worked closely with Equality Utah in 2009 on the Common Ground Initiative to pass a series of bills through the Utah legislature following the LDS Church’s statement that they are not opposed to such protections – only same-sex marriage. Each of those bills failed in committee on party-line votes, so equality advocates chose to tackle this issue at the local level – and it’s paying off.

The Human Rights Campaign congratulates Equality Utah for all their hard work and their continued success!

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