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Non-discrimination ordinance gaining popularity

Non-discrimination ordinance gaining popularity



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City's new ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination could get popular around Utah.

It's all about protecting people -- that's the word from Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson. "What is more basic than making sure that someone isn't fired, you know, because of their sexual orientation?" she says.

Salt Lake County and Park City leaders have expressed an interest in adopting ordinances similar to those inked this week in Salt Lake. The new ordinances prevent discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.

Wilson says the time is now. "It's a very exciting time, yet I think it's important that local governments step up," she says.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement in support of the new ordinance.

There has also been negative response to the ordinance. The Sutherland Institute says the ordinance was crafted in a way that paves the way toward gay marriage.

Democratic council members have yet to talk with the Republicans, but they hold a 5-4 majority, so that may not matter.

E-mail: sworsley@ksl.com

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