As two lawmakers ready to push a statewide law that would ban discrimination against gay and transgender Utahns, one more local government has passed such protections.
On Tuesday, the Harrisville City Council unanimously passed anti-discrimination ordinances, making it the 14th Utah city or county to do so. More than a quarter of Utahns now live in places where it is illegal to discriminate in housing and employment based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Harrisville, north of Ogden, has a population of 5,567.
"A vast majority of Utahns support these protections that demonstrate our common values," said Brandie Balken, executive director of Equality Utah. "There is broad support not just in larger cities or counties, not just in Salt Lake County but across the state in smaller communities that may be perceived as more conservative."