BY SANDERS DELONNE
An anti-discrimination bill that aimed to protect sexual orientation and gender identity died Monday in the Utah Senate before it could reach a vote. SB262, sponsored by Senator Steve Urquhart (R- St. George), would have offered workplace and housing protections to LGBT individuals already afforded to other Utah residents based on race, creed and religion. It passed a Senate committee by a 4-3 vote, but did not receive enough support to reach the floor.
If SB262 is reintroduced next year, it would likely need the support of the Mormon Church, which did not take a position this year, to help pass the legislation. Dabakis admitted that he was unable to “close the gap” with the church.
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