For the fifth year in a row, the Utah Legislature blocked a proposal to ban housing and employment discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The decision by a Senate committee to table SB51 sparked a protest that echoed through the Capitol Rotunda last week. More than 100 supporters of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attended the rally, chanting "enough is enough."
The defeat came in spite of strong support in public-opinion polls and new endorsements from Utah's business community, including the Salt Lake Chamber. Fourteen cities and counties have passed anti-discrimination ordinances. The LDS Church endorsed Salt Lake City's ordinances in 2009 as "fair and reasonable."