Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on December 23, 2010
Salt Lake City, UT – Senate President Michael Waddoups went on record yesterday saying there’s a chance the Utah Legislature may repeal the non-discrimination laws that have been passed in 10 cities and municipalities in Utah. “I’ve seen no advantage to the laws,” he says.
With yesterday’s fantastic news that Equality Utah had succeeded in passing the protections for housing and workplace discrimination in Grand County, the state celebrated as Utah became just a little more friendly towards all and not just the majority. Over two-thirds of the state’s population are hoping that the Utah legislature will pass the protections state-wide during the 2011 legislative session.
But Senate President Michael Waddoups, House Speaker Becky Lockhart and other Republicans are not only gearing up to make sure the protections don’t make it out of committee again, but they want to repeal the current laws that local governments have passed.
I will say it right now. If the LGBT and ally community of Utah does not show up in force this session, we are doomed to fall further behind than we ever have. Ask yourself now what you are willing to do for equality.
PRIDEinUtah is launching the “This Is Our Voice!” campaign to tackle the Utah legislature and stop this endless string of hatred and bigotry towards the LGBT community. Phase 1 is a nationwide petition demanding that they not only cease any actions towards repealing current protections, but pass the ordinances state-wide. Will you stand with us? Or will you watch as your rights are stripped from you once again?
Sign the petition no matter where you’re from and tell our legislators Enough Is Enough!
From Rosemary Winters at the Salt Lake Tribune:
Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, who brokered last session’s compromise on bills affecting the gay community, said he thinks McAdams is “running a risk” by bringing up the issue again. Some legislators, Waddoups said, would prefer to overturn the anti-discrimination ordinances passed by Utah cities and counties.
“I think that will be a real acrimonious debate — whether it will be [expanded] statewide or prohibited,” Waddoups said.
He prefers to keep the status quo, allowing adoption of ordinances to be determined at the city and county level.
“So far, I’ve seen no advantage to the laws and I’ve seen no disadvantages,” the senator said. “The public out there is treating people fairly and equally. I think [gay-rights advocates are] trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.”