SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – As the Utah Legislature prepares to adjourn Thursday, Wednesday Utahns rallied and celebrated a milestone for equality in Utah.
“We got farther on non-discrimination in housing and employment for LGBT people than we have ever gotten before,“ said Utah Senator Jim Dabakis.
Organized by Equality Utah, Senator Dabakis led the rally on the steps of the State Capitol.
“This is a tremendous win for the people of Utah that believe in quality and fairness” said Senator Dabakis.
The bill that would protect the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community from discrimination in housing and employment passed a committee for the first time, but never made it to the Senate floor.
“I think it's very important for our community as a whole, not just our gay and transgender community. But, our entire community to see that there is commitment to move this bill forward,” said Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balkin.
Utah is one of 29 states in the country where it is legal to be fired or evicted based on your sexual orientation.
“And I think a part of it is people find it so hard to believe that it could actually happen and that it is happening … that people don't believe they need to take action,” said Balkin.
This rally was also aimed to be a reminder that the community isn’t giving up and will push even harder next year to get SB 262 passed through legislation.
“This is definitely in the right direction and I really have faith that next year it's going to pass,” said Liddy Hunstman.
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