Governor: Any gay rights bill must include religious rights

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says any state legislation protecting gay rights must also protect religious liberties.

Herbert made the remarks in his annual State of the State address Wednesday night, a day after the Mormon church made a national appeal for a similar balance between anti-discrimination proposals and legal protections for those who object.

The church's announcement made huge waves in Utah, where the governor and most lawmakers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Several bills addressing gay rights and religious rights are pending in the Utah Legislature this year. Legislative leaders say they may be combined.

The Republican governor says he's confident the state's elected officials can work together with religious groups and the LGBT community to find a policy that treats all people with dignity and respect.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Features stories

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast