Public business on hold to discuss gay comments

Public business on hold to discuss gay comments

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Republicans in the Utah Senate put the public's business on hold for about two hours while they met privately to discuss their feelings about a state senator's recent comments disparaging gay people.

Not a single bill was debated on the Senate floor Monday morning as a result of the meeting.

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, told a documentary filmmaker that gay people don't have any morals and he compared gay activists to radical Muslims, saying they're one of America's greatest threats.

Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, has said that many of his colleagues agree with Buttars' statements. He has refused to say which statements, though.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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