Deseret News: Same-sex marriage debate could impact proposed Utah nondiscrimination bill

(Deseret News) The battle over same-sex marriage could change how a proposed statewide nondiscrimination law plays out in the Utah Legislature this year.

Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, has again drafted a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing and employment practices. It cleared a Senate committee last year but wasn’t debated on the floor. …

United Families Utah is among 19 organizations that make up the First Freedoms Coalition, which was formed to fight the proposed nondiscrimination law. The groups, in general, advocate for traditional marriage and families and following constitutional principles.

The Sutherland Institute, a conservative political think tank that belongs to the coalition, is paying for a series of TV ads aimed at the bill. The 30-second spots say the proposed law would take away rights such as a private university having separate dorms for men and women or a baker for religious reasons refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

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