Apr 2, 2010
Salt Lake City is now protecting their Gay and Lesbian residents from discrimination and violence promoted by the Mormon church.
The Mormon church is a key financial contributor to the discriminatory “traditional marriage” amendments being pushed across the country and are known for violent threats against our community. Recent examples include the death threats against Gay and Lesbian students at the University of Idaho Law School.
Two new laws go into effect today, April 2, defending gay rights in Salt Lake City. The ordinances will protect residents from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The first ordinance “relates to unlawful discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” The second ordinance “relates to unlawful discriminatory housing practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The new legislation also outlines procedures for individuals who encounter discrimination in these areas. The resolution process includes mediating and assessing fines when applicable.
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker signed the ordinances last November following a unanimous vote by the Salt Lake City Council to adopt the laws. “The complete support of the Council on this legislation depicts the dedication our City government has to furthering our goals for a cohesive community,” said JT Martin, Council Chair.
Mayor Ralph Becker released a statement via press release yesterday. “These ordinances demonstrate our determination to foster an environment of good will and acceptance welcoming every member of the community as an integral part of our Great American City. Everyone in Salt Lake City will benefit from the protections these ordinances provide.”
City leaders believe that the new ordinances will serve as a model for other communities throughout Utah and the nation that are working to pass similar legislation.
Wonderful that Salt Lake City is finally recognizing that all their citizens deserve protection from the violence of the Mormon church.