Utah Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill

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Al Jazeera America
By Marisa Taylor
March 6, 2015

The Utah State Senate is slated to vote Friday on an LGBT anti-discrimination bill that has received widespread support from both gay and transgender rights groups as well as officials from the state’s populous religious community.

The bill, which was introduced this week and unanimously approved Thursday by the Senate’s Republican-controlled Business and Labor Committee, would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Utah from both housing and employment discrimination. Advocates hope that it could be a model for other conservative states that seek to strike a balance between civil rights and constituents’ religious views.

If it passes, Utah would join 18 other states and Washington, D.C. that have laws on the books barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the ACLU.

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