(Cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)
Last week Salt Lake City passed an ordinance that protects persons seeking employment and housing from discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Done deal? Not a chance. According to a Deseret News Article last week state legislators are gearing up for what promises to be once again a hot topic for the 2010 legislative session.
Government and civic leaders said Wednesday the fight will be much tougher in the conservative Legislature, though the odds of passing an anti-discrimination law may get a boost from the Mormon church’s endorsement Tuesday of the Salt Lake City Council’s ordinances. Lawmakers could do three things when they come into January’s general session: They could adopt a statewide law similar to the city’s; they could actually repeal the city ordinance and ban all other local governments from doing likewise; or they could do nothing, which would let the city ordinance stand.
Rep. Chris Johnson, D-Salt Lake will be introducing a bill much like the Salt Lake City’s passed ordinance to afford all persons equal protection with regards to housing and employment.
There are, of course, conservative legislators, ironically property owners, outspoken on the issue:
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First he bumbled. Then he was ousted from two legisltative committees. Then he refused to apologize.
More than 15,000 e-mails were sent to Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups (R) demanding that he condemn Buttars’s remarks. Waddoups said he kicked Buttars off the Senate Judiciary Committee primarily as a way to draw attention away from him. Buttars said he would not issue an apology.
(Washington post "Around the Nation")
Senator Chris Buttars continues to embarass and make a mockery of Utah nationwide with his words and actions.
Utah lawmaker’s gay comments cost him chairmanship
Buttars: "I Don’t Have Anything to Apologize For."(Salt Lake Tribune)
Buttars Loses Chairmanship Over Remarks (Deseret News)
Utah Legislator Ousted from Panel for Remarks (Washington Post)
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And now there is a rally planned in West Jordan on Saturday, February 28th at 1:00p.m. (place tbd) to rally against Buttars’ recent statements.
Buttars and his supporters are crying "free speech". Opponents are demanding responsibility, fairness, and ethical behavior of legislators, including responsible free speech in the public’s eye. Buttars is not providing a model of responsible leadership. Indeed, he is painting a rather foolish picture of Utah to the rest of the Nation.
(Cross posted from Utah Legislature Watch)
Utah Senator Chris Buttars continues to blunder. On the heels of the defeat of the Common Ground Initiative bills, which would have afforded benefits to domestic partners, Buttars, in an interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan, openly made the statement that the gay rights movement is “probably the greatest threat to America.” Quoted in the media:
Sen. Chris Buttars believes gays and lesbians are "the greatest threat to America going down," comparing members of the LGBT community to radical Muslims.
"I believe they will destroy the foundation of the American society," the West Jordan Republican said in a recent interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan. "In my mind, it’s the beginning of the end. … Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide."
It’s all over the news media and blogosphere such as:
Salt Lake Tribune
On Top Magazine
Agree to Disagree
This is not the first time Buttars has bumbled. The NAACP called for Buttars’ resignation last year for comments he made about a controversial bill. "This baby is black, I’ll tell you," he said. "This is a dark and ugly thing."
Salt Lake Tribune:
Gay-rights activist Jacob Whipple, founder of the All For One Initiative, called for Buttars’ resignation from the Senate, urging supporters of the LGBT community to e-mail Buttars and Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville.
"He basically labeled my community as virtually the devil incarnate," Whipple said. "I don’t think that he represents Utah any more. … Saying something so hurtful has no place on the Hill."
(Cross-posted from Utah Legislature Watch)
Drinking Liberally has a Facebook page of holiday greetings cards they are sending to Senator Chris Butt-arse. Here are a few samples:
Pax Rasmussen created this photo for a project on which he is working.
I am a member of Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs which participated in the Equality Rally on Saturday.
Below is a video that Lionel Trepanier took and edited into a really nice piece.
More footage of event
Going to line up for the March, we had to walk by the Counter Protesters
I’ll be adding more videos to this post as I get them uploaded.
This one is of the crowd during some entertainment:
More footage of the crowd and speakers at the Equality Rally, Salt Lake City, November 15 in tandem with National Actions.
I took this video of a friend attempting to engage counter protesters. Pretty eye-opening.