In 2009, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backed Salt Lake City's ban on housing and employment discrimination against gays, and LDS apostle Jeffery Holland called it a model.
Even though the church reportedly came "this close" to backing an almost identical bill for the state, it ultimately remained silent, and SB262 failed.
Comes Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, once an official LDS Church spokesman, to fill the void created by the church's silence. Reid champions gay discrimination laws. In an op-ed for the LDS Church-owned Deseret News, he wrote that because homosexuality is immoral, the state should "purposely discriminate against it to protect society from its harm."