SB 296 Includes Protections for Individuals and Represents the Best of Utah Politics

Aside from the continual shadow (or bright sunlight, depending on your perspective) of Obamacare, which seems to somehow continue to dominate political dialogue nearly five years after its enactment, the big news at the Utah legislature for the past week has been the SB 296, the new anti-discrimination and religious liberty comprise. HB 296 was announced last week with much fanfare — as you might suspect any bill supported by both Equality Utah and the LDS Church might be.  It’s almost certain to pass, but nonetheless it’s generated quite a…

Comparing SB100 and Municipal Anti-discrimination Ordinances

One of the perennial hot topics during the legislative session is a statewide anti discrimination bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The first municipality to adopt a sexual-orientation anti-discrimination ordinance was Salt Lake City, which adopted it in November 2009 with the support of the LDS Church.  Incidentally, my view is that the LDS Church was very shrewd in its support of the ordinance.  By throwing its weight behind the ordinance it was able to secure specific religious…