Legislators in Utah have worked hard to finally agree on a version of a bill to address both anti-discrimination for LGBT people in work and housing, as well as conserving religious liberties as prescribed by the US Constitution.
Today, Senator Jim Debakis and others presented SB0296, written by Senator Steve Urquhart and two others. All seemed happy and satisfied with the provisions of the bill. Here are a few important aspects of the bill:
- Employers may not threaten, hire, fire, or otherwise discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual preference.
- Housing providers cannot discriminate in rentals or sales on the basis of gender identity or sexual preference.
- Employers may not threaten, hire, fire, or otherwise discriminate against employees that voice their opinions on marriage, family, or other deeply held beliefs.
- Religious entities and ordained leaders are exempt from being required to offer religious services to LGBT people.
- Persons with fewer than 4 family-unit rentals or religion owned and operated housing is exempt from LGBT discrimination (ie. BYU).
- Individuals and for-profit organizations are not included in exemptions.
Hopefully the bill will pass on the Utah state floor to be put into law.