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LDS Church: We Support Laws to Protect LGBT Americans

PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.
PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.
January 28, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Among the LDS church leaders who spoke at a news conference held Tuesday was Elder Dallin Oaks, who said there also should be more laws to protect religious freedoms.

"We call on local, state and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches and other faith groups," he said, "while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens."

The announcement comes as state lawmakers are scheduled to consider Senate Bill 100, which would modify the Utah Anti-discrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act to strengthen definitions regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.

Marina Lowe, an attorney with the ACLU of Utah, said her organization supports the LDS Church statement. However, she said the ACLU does have some concerns over the limited scope of public-accommodation protection supported by the LDS Church, namely only restaurants, hotels and transportation. Lowe adds that, in the ACLU's view, equality means that gay and transgender people should have full protection in public accommodations on par with race, gender, religion and other categories.

State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is openly gay, said support from the church is nothing short of historic.

"For the LDS church to stand up and so broadly say that they stand for nondiscrimination against LGBT people in housing and employment - it's a landmark statement," he said.

Dabakis said the church openly supported a nondiscrimination ordinance in Salt Lake City in 2009. Now, he said, the church is taking a further step with its support for LGBT protections at the state, national and international levels.

The bill is online at le.utah.gov.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT