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02/18/2009

My fair mind went to Utah and all it got was this legislative smackdown

by Jeremy Hooper

After Prop 8 and its considerable Mormon backing brought a wave of negativity to Utah, statewide LGBT activists didn't just sit down and whine -- they immediately began efforts to pass bills that would shy away from what the pro-Prop 8 said the one thing they wished to "protect," marriage, yet  Bmf-Website-Images State-Flag-Pictures Utah-Flagshore up the civil protections with which the anti-marriage set vowed to have no problem. However, as reality plays out in the Beehive State, it's become increasingly clear that the state's "pro-family" agenda goes well beyond just the so-called "institution of marriage." This from The Salt Lake Tribune:

Four down, one to go.

The Utah Legislature snuffed out two more gay-rights bills Tuesday.

After lengthy public hearings, House committees rejected two measures: HB288, which would have allowed same-sex couples and other unmarried pairs to adopt and foster children; and HB267, which would have protected gay and transgender Utahns from housing and employment discrimination.

Two other gay-rights measures also are off the docket: One was pulled by its sponsor and the other died in committee. The final bill faces a test today.
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In rejecting the latest measures, opponents painted being gay as a "choice" rather than an innate characteristic -- contrary to a broad consensus among psychological and medical experts.
Utah lawmakers kill two more gay-rights bills [SLT]

Lawmakers passing off junk science as fact. Legislators shooting down basic protections. A major Mormon presence that swore their pro-Prop 8 efforts did not mean they were opposed to other civil acknowledgment for gay couples, yet who have really done nothing to work with local activists to help gays obtain the same.

Gee, Utah -- you're making a vacation to your state just oh so tempting!

**Learn more about this Common Ground Initiative over at Equality Utah.

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Props to EqualityUtah for setting this up. If only EqualityCalifornia could be this competent.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 18, 2009 10:21:24 AM

Ski Colorado!

Posted by: Audrey Hopkins | Feb 18, 2009 10:46:54 AM

BUT THIS JUST IN FROM PEREZ:

inally, some good news regarding California's Proposition 8!

A legislative committee has just backed legal efforts to try and overturn Prop H8te (that ridiculous proposition striping gays of their full rights and banning same-sex marriage).

The California Assembly Judiciary Committee had a 7-3 vote on Tuesday to put the legislature on record as opposing Prop H8te.

We'll have to wait until March 5th, though, when oral arguments will take place in the California Supreme Court.

The state Senate will be considering a companion measure in the weeks to come as well.

Baby steps!

Posted by: LOrion | Feb 18, 2009 3:31:59 PM

Sometimes this old granny is just embarrassed to be a Utahn - especially when our illustrious legislature is in session!

Posted by: Becky | Feb 20, 2009 12:59:30 PM

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