Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on February 2, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah – In his 3rd anti-gay bill within the first 1/5 weeks of the 2011 legislative session, extremist Republican LaVar Christensen has introduced a bill which would exempt anyone from local non-discrimination laws if they do it on religious grounds.
The latest in Rep LaVar Christensen’s hate-bills, HB 109 amends the non-discrimination ordinances passed by 11 local cities and municipalities to exempt any person or business who discriminates as long as they say they do it because of their religion. This is one we’ve been expecting since LaVar’s boss at the Sutherland Institute, Paul Mero, first suggested and started pushing the amendment after Salt Lake City first passed the non-discrimination ordinance in 2009.
This would mean that any corporation, company or person could fire someone or evict them from their home because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender without any ramifications as long as when investigated they claim that “Jeebus said it was ok.”
Of course the bill provides no actual provisions to determine whether or not a person’s religion actually does encourage discrimination.
The bill’s language is so broad, it may actually mean discrimination against sex and possibly even race would be allowed on religious grounds as well.