Equality Utah have praised the Mormon Church [LDS Church] for its support of LGBT housing and employment nondiscrimination.
Yesterday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement outlining its support of including sexual orientation and gender identity to the statewide nondiscrimination statute for housing and employment, thereby extending these existing protections to all Utahns – including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams stated:
“We laud the LDS Church’s statement of support. The Church joins a growing number of faith, civic and corporate leaders who also stand on the side of compassion and fairness. We believe that gay and transgender Utahns can live and work beside people of faith. Many within the LGBT community are themselves people of faith. We look forward soon to the day when all Utahns have the opportunity to live and work freely in the state we call home.”
Senator Steven Urquhart is sponsoring the nondiscrimination bill for the second year in a row, a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the antidiscrimination statutes for housing and employment. This marks the seventh year Equality Utah has worked to pass this kind of statewide legislation protecting all Utahns’ rights to work and live in Utah.
This appears to be a major turnaround for the Mormon church, which had previously backed Proposition 8 in California, and was heavily criticised at the time for what was seen as discrimination against the LGBT community, by LGBT church members.