Utah Cities Create Special Rights Based on Sexual Orientation

11/11/2010 21:00

From Citizen Link

City councils in Moab, Utah and Murray, Utah, passed on Tuesday housing and employment ordinances to create special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Both city councils voted unanimously to adopt the measures. Murray, a suburb of Salt Lake City, and Moab, located in the eastern part of Utah, join seven cities peppered around the state that have passed similar ordinances.

“Gender identity and gender expression” have to do with how people think about and express themselves, as male or female, which is not always the same thing as their actual biological sex.

Gay activists said they hope to start off the Utah’s next legislative session with at least 10 cities “under their belt” so they can push for a state-wide law.

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed laws providing special rights based on sexual orientation, while 12 states and D.C. add protections based on gender identity. Federal legislation has also been introduced by Democrats in Congress.


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