Mormons back housing, job rights for Salt Lake gays

A patch of common ground
With the passage in November of nondiscrimination laws in Salt Lake City that expand gay rights, Mormon officials and gay activists have found a patch of common ground in Utah’s capital.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gay organizations both advocated for the laws that prevent discrimination in housing and employment. That shows there are some issues on which conservative religious groups and gay rights supporters can agree, said Will Carlson, director of public policy at Equality Utah, a gay rights organization.

“I think there’s this myth of God versus gay,” he said. “This week helps to dispel that myth, at least at some level.”

Michael Otterson, a spokesman for the Latter-day Saints, appeared among dozens of speakers November 10 before the Salt Lake City Council, saying the ordinances are “fair and reasonable” and do not harm heterosexual marriage.


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