Events in California 50 years ago may have some relevance for us here in Utah today.
In 1963, the California Legislature made a bold decision, passing a fair housing act that came to be known as the Rumford Act, honoring its sponsor, W. Byron Rumford. Previous fair housing acts in California had affected only publicly funded housing. For the first time, legislation prohibited certain kinds of private housing being sold or rented on the basis of race, religion, marital status or sex.
The voters of California weren't quite ready for this. In 1964, they voted overwhelmingly for Proposition 14, a state constitutional amendment allowing landlords and owners the right to base their selling decisions on any criteria they wanted, with no exceptions. Arguments for the proposition centered on freedom and choice for property owners.