SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - As ABC 4 News first reported, the proposed anti-discrimination ordinances that would enact two new chapters into the Salt Lake City Code passed unanimously Tuesday night by the Salt Lake City Council.
The ordinances would make discrimination unlawful against any person because of their sexual orientation or gender when looking for a job or seeking to buy or rent a home.
Previous to the passing of the ordinances Tuesday night, the city council meeting brought many statements by both sides of the story:
After the statement was made to the city council, the gay-rights group Affirmation issued a statement appreciating the Church's action.
“We pray that the words spoken tonight are to be followed up with positive action,” said Affirmation Assistant Executive Director Micah Bisson. “It is time to eliminate the heavy-handed church actions to defeat marriage equality and protections for transgender people. When LDS officials arrest gay people for public affection on Temple Square, we need to realize that all Mormons, and the LDS church itself, look small-minded to people who are outside the tradition.”
Affirmation says they are grateful for this first step, and await the second.