Utah anti-discrimination law goes into effect

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – On Tuesday Utah will begin a new chapter in the balance between anti-discrimination and religious liberty. A bill goes into effect protecting rights for people who both oppose and support homosexuality.

Utah is about to show the nation it’s new law uniting anti-discrimination and religious freedom. Back in March the bill passed with cheers and applause.

“People from diverse backgrounds have come together to craft what no one thought was possible. Protections for Utah’s gay and transgender community and protections for people of faith,” said Troy Williams, Exec. Director of Equality Utah.

S.B. 296 and S.B. 297 protect rights for gays and lesbians in housing and employment and simultaneously preserve religious liberty by allowing businesses or groups to “opt out” of providing select services if it goes against their religious faith. S.B. 296 finally goes into effect on Tuesday.

“I believe this bill has a very, very, very delicate balance. It’s been carefully crafted many hours by many people,” said Sen. Stuart Adams, (R) District 22.

That balance comes with requirements for the entire state.

“This bill has supremacy over local laws,” said Sen. Stephen Urquhart, (R) District 29.

For many people the law begins a new question of how anti-discrimination and religious liberty will coexist in real life situations. ABC 4 Utah will continue to follow what happens Tuesday as this new law goes into effect. Look for updates on air and online at good4utah.com.


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