Letter: Statutes require facts

Published: Friday, Jan. 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

Sen. Stephen Urquhart’s SB100 for the 2014 legislative session amends Utah’s current state antidiscrimination law to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as prohibited bases for discrimination in housing and employment.

The bill’s definition of gender identity is “an individual’s internal sense of gender, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth … [and] may include individual’s self-identification, as well as the individual’s gender-related appearance, mannerisms, and other gender-related characteristics. Sexual orientation means an individual’s actual or perceived orientation as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.”

We should expect legislators to be superb wordsmiths, giving our populace statutes grounded in objectively discernible facts that are unmistakably clear and not dependent upon any individual’s “internal sense or perceptions” of anything at all.

Scott Soulier

South Jordan

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