Hate crimes are usually punished more severely than other crimes. But Sen. Chris Buttars and others in the legislator can create "hate bills" and go unpunished. HB267 is nothing more than a hate bill. It does a lot more than affect gays; it affects the authority of the mayor and city councils of all municipalities. I'm not gay or from Salt Lake City, but I don't think bills like this should even go to committee, let alone be voted on.

John F. Wuthrich

North Salt Lake