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Published: Sunday, Feb. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Binder
Salt Lake City, UT

I skeptically took notice when Hales said that the proposed law makes "allowances" for religious institutions. Just this week, with Obamacare, we saw how little protection such exemptions provided. When various exemptions are included with a bill in order to get enough support for passage, sometimes that's a big flashing sign that the bill shouldn't be passed in the first place. Maybe the idea needs to be re-thunk.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

The issue really is not one of discrimination. It is the reluctance to establish
a new "protected class" of citizens based on their sexual orientation. The Salt Lake City ordinance establishes this new protected class of individuals and does not adequately protect the rights of "individual conscience" or those of hetro-sexual orientation. Hopefully, if the legislature does act it will do so in a way that protects all of the states citizen's hetro-sexual as well as LGT. While less reported those of us that have worked in institutions where LGT are in the majority have suffered on going harassment, reduced opportunties for advancement, and pay discrimination.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

Well said, Mr. Hales.

woolsocks
Sandy, Utah

Yeah, just based off this opinion piece, I'm still very hesitant to pass any old arbitrary anti-discrimination legislation. The big questions for me are 1) in relation to this "50 percent of Utah's LGBT people experience discrimination" statistic, what does that define as "discrimination"? When a person believes that homosexual behavior is morally wrong, and having a business relationship with a LG person would implicate a condonation of that behavior, it is the right of that person to (agreeably) refuse to have said business relationship with said LG person. If such (agreeable) refusing is considered to be a discriminatory act, then this "anti-discrimination" legislation is going to cause more problems than it solves.

If more information regarding this "50 percent" statistic is available, it should be published, or at least brought up in these sorts of opinion pieces. Can the actions evident in the "50 percent" statistic be broken down into broad categories? Where is this "discrimination" happening? In what sort of relationships? Etc. It very well may be that of the 'discrimination' of this type in Utah, only 10 percent of those actions would be legally affected by the new law, hardly making it very effective.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Adult American citizens should have the right and freedom to do and be anything they please so long as they do not infringe on the rights and freedoms of others. Believing this, I support the cause of Gays to be Gays.

However.

There are some things that people do that violate that notion for me personally. Because seeing them causes involuntary emotional and physical distress and infringes on my right and freedom to be secure within myself.

Among the worst of these would include a person kissing an animal on the mouth. My bodily reactions to seeing a man kissing a man are much the same.

My problem may date back to my youth as a boy having to face a gauntlet of overweight men and women intent on hugs and kisses at family reunions.

Thus I discriminate among my friends, associates and others close to my life. What people do behind closed doors is their own business and I could care less. It is the advertising that I disagree with.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Last Saturday, after a baptism for a grandchild, we all went to dinner at a family restaurant. Our waiter put on a "show" for us that made that newly baptized grandchild ask, "What is the matter with our waiter?"

What was the matter was that that waiter thought that we would ever again visit that restaurant. His conduct was so far over the top, that we will never "reward" that restaurant chain with our business. Had the waiter been female and had she offered her "charms" as he offered his, we would have also decided to remove that restaurant from our list of places where we will spend our money.

Being assailed by inappropriate public behavior and then having those who engage in that behavior demand that we hire them, that we house them, and that we accept them is bordering on insanity.

There are rules of proper conduct. There are rules of proper morals. Those who break those rules and still expect to be treated "equally" are making absurd demands. If they want respect, let them live respectful lives.

roswell
Saint George, UT

Mr. Hales discusses 'discrimination' but fails to define just what he means by discrimination against LGBT's. It appears to be an appeal for acceptance of these lifestyles as being equal with all others. Just because others disagree with your lifestyle or sexual preference does not constitute discrimination. I am for the kind and fair treatment of LGBT's, yet do not support laws legitimizing those relationships. This is a matter of conscience for me as well as some well-founded scientific support suggesting such relationships are detrimental to society.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

I work with quite a few homosexuals. Many are friends and I appreciate them as individuals I don't see any of them being descriminated at my place of work. What I do hear is the constant complaints from them and whining about how bad things are for them. I usually end up asking what is so bad? They usually can't give me a straight (no pun intended) answer. Their major complaint is usually about the LDS church (Kind of like Pagan). I ask them what is wrong with the church? When they him haw around again I ask them the question, doesn't a religious group or church have the right to fix beliefs and standards for their members? Most of the time they say yes. What really gives me pain is those who went on missions and now turn their back on the beliefs and the covenants that they once made. They want the church to bend to their new beliefs, not them honoring the committments that they made.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Hellooo: Since everyone has a sexual orientation, this law would protect all people equally. No special class would be created.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

"Because seeing them causes involuntary emotional and physical distress and infringes on my right and freedom to be secure within myself."

Bob, I hope this is sarcasm. If it isn't let be reminded that laws don't exist to protect you from being 'uncomfortable'. Your security within yourself is entirely your own doing.

Utah_State_Fan
Logan, Utah

When a LGBT person if forced to sit in the back of a bus, or denied the right to vote, or has to drink from a drinking fountain only for them, then will I believe they are being discriminated against, but until then please come up with something new. Not the same old same old.............

Binder
Salt Lake City, UT

Kalindra: I sincerely hope you aren't naive enough to believe that this law would protect all people equally. It sounds good on paper, but ...

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Has Ruzicka given her approval yet? Her puppets on the Hill await her decrees.

I don't expect much to happen. Utah's legislators think that morality and discrimination are synonymous.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

It looks like the new term for those who want to discriminate is "matter of conscience".

Since when does "conscience" permit discrmination?

Some of you asked for examples:

(1) My partner and I have to pay for 2 season ski passes at a local resort because we're not "married", though we've been together over 13 years. Our ski buddy friends, who are married as a man and woman get discounted prices on their passes. This is a minor example, but it plays out in many other situations as well, where it costs us more than heterosexual couples because of a certain "marital status" (that we're not allowed, mind you).

(2) I carry my partner on my insurance. I pay EXTRA TAXES on that "benefit" becuase we're not "married". My co-workers who are married as man/woman get to carry their spouses and are NOT TAXED extra. We're all Citizens of this country equally.

(3) In order for my partner and I to have one another as our beneficiary, we MUST create a legal will that costs thousands. Heterosexual couples require only a piece of paper, a "marriage license", at a cost of approximately $70 to obtain the same benefit.

(4) Heterosexual couples can walk into any County Clerk's office and obtain a marriage license, even if they just met one another 3 minutes ago. My partner and I, even after 13+ years can't.

(5) I can be fired for being gay in Utah. Do you have to worry about being fired for being straight?

(6) If I didn't own my own home, I could be evicted for being gay in Utah. Do you have to worry about being evicted for being straight?

Those are examples of discrmination that we face every single day. Right, there's nooooo discrimination that GLBT people have to face in Righteous Ole Utah. Nah. None. (right).

Jory
payson, utah

I find it amusing that it is only wrong when the people on the left (including the LGBT community) get discriminated, but its perfectly alright when they discriminate against people on the right (and religious institutions).

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

@Jory;

I find it amusing when the ultra right wing, especially the religious, claim to be discrminated against when those facing real discrimination fight back against that very discrimination.

It isn't discrmination to fight back. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Their major complaint is usually about the LDS church (Kind of like Pagan).' - Flashback | 2:11 p.m. Feb. 12, 2012

Um, I didn't bring up the LDS church on this story.

You did.

Moving on....

Why do LGBT 'whine' about discrimination?

Well, lets see:

**'Study: Gay Men Offered Fewer Job Interviews' - By Winston Gieseke - The Advocate - 10/04/11

'According to a study published today in the American Journal of Sociology, men whose resumes indicate that theyre gay are 40% less likely to be called in for job interviews, especially in the south or Midwest.' article

Please look up the Salt Lake City discrimination report from 2009. It shows that there is a case of housing and employment discrimination done to LGBT person three times...

per month.

Per month.

But we should wait till they have to 'sit in the back of the bus'??

Your justification of discrimination to lgbt...

is MORE discrimination due to race?

That makes no sense.

And if I applied to Mormonsim, would NOT be tolerated.

Double.

STandard.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

My examples of job discrimination and employment and Housing discrimination is still, not the end of it.

That is the 'tee hee' let's fire someone for being gay', tolerated discrimination.

There are many, many others.

Let's look at the photo. In this silent protest, protesters put gags over their mouth.

Response?

** 'Silent LGBT protest sparks crude comment' - By Mohammad Allam - The Daily Utah Chronicle - 02/16/10

'Gay-rights activists gathered in front of the Utah Supreme Court inside the Capitol on Friday to silently rally for gay rights. (sic)
Rick Votaw (VP for SLC GOP) said...'

Well, I can't even SAY what Rick Votaw said.

It would be denied by the moderator, for being uncivil and offensive.

He has yet, to apologize.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Think discrimination dosen't need protection?

Ok.

I've given examples of job discrimination, and Utah's leadership making inappropriate comments.

Let's use everyone's favorite:

Chris Buttars.

** 'Gays greatest threat to America, Buttars says' - By Aaron Falk - DSnews - 02/19/09

Think he is alone?

** 'GOP state legislator: Homosexuality worse than terrorism' - By David Ferguson - Talking Points Memo - 09/10/11

But no. It is not ENOUGH that we fire someone for being gay. And evict them from their home ONLY, for being gay. We must:

** 'Republican Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier Stephen Hill After DADT Repeal Question' - By Jason Linkins - Huffington Post - 09/23/11

...we must shout them DOWN, during Republican debates.

September, 2011.

And these, are our Veterans.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Now, I don't want to get too far off topic, so how does the factual discrimination I have shown AFFECT lgbt?

Well, for starters it does not ONLY affect lgbt.

Their children:

** 'Report details inequities for kids of gay parents' - By David Crary - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/25/11

'Carrigan is among a growing multitude of American children possibly more than 1.2 million of them being raised by gay and lesbian parents, often WITHOUT all the legal protections afforded to mom-and-dad households.' - aricle

The US economy:

** 'Marriage an important key to avoiding poverty' - By Jennifer A. Marshall, The Heritage Foundation - Published by DSnews - 10/17/10

And this does not include...

VIOLENT discrimination, against LGBT.

** 'Hate crimes against gays rose 11%, data show' - By Devlin Barrett - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/24/09

** 'Utah Pride Center vandalized' - KSL - 08/20/10

** '7 defendants in DJ Bell assault case waive hearing on evidence' - By Emiley Morgan, Deseret News - 01/06/11


** 'Attack in Utah county being investigated as possible hate-motivated crime By Seth Bracken Qsalt Lake 09/08/11

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