Anti-LGBT-discrimination law gets mixed reviews in Utah

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Al Jazeera America
By Massoud Hayoun
May 13, 2015

A law backed by the Mormon church and gay rights activists that bars some forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people went into effect in Utah this week.

The new law follows recent calls from rights activists for protections from prejudice in the handful of states like Utah where gay marriage is legal, but LGBT people still face housing and employment discrimination.

The legislation, which went into effect on Tuesday, amends Utah’s existing anti-discrimination legislation to shield residents from being evicted or fired on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Religious-affiliated institutions — including schools and hospitals — are exempt from the provisions, as are small businesses.

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