Letter: Renting to anyone

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  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    If I was renting out a room in an apartment I own I would definintely find a heterosexual man to rent to. Just as I wouldn't feel comfortable renting a room out in a house filled with other men, it wouldn't be wise to rent to someone who may be attracted to the other people in the house. No difference between not renting to a female in an otherwise all male house and renting out to a male that may be attracted to other males. Just as its not wrong to not rent out to a woman in this scenario, its perfectly fine to find a heterosexual male to protect the privacy of the other males in the house.

  • Eyes_Wide_Open OREM, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    I agree. I have rentals too and have probably rented to gay people - I hope I did. It's the last thing I want to know about them. I want reliable, clean renters - that's what matters.

    Oh, and if a baker or photographer didn't want to serve a gay couple just don't say that you won't serve them because they're gay. Tell them you're schedule won't allow it. Easy enough.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Jan. 23, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    I could possibly side with the bakery that wouldn't sell a wedding cake to the gay couple. Such a product is a special work of art, and not just a "widget." Artists should not be compelled to produce art that sends a message they don't agree with.

    Of course, they should have offered to produce a "plain", well decorated wedding cake that didn't overtly promote a SSM message. If the bakery had a selection of wedding cake styles to choose from, then there is no reason not to give them "Cake #5" and be done with it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    I think the not renting to gay people thingy is mostly a red-herring. I've rented to people for years and I have no idea if any of them were gay.

    The cake maker in Texas also a red-herring. You can buy a cake anywhere... if he won't give you one... go to the next baker!


    Most people don't care if you are gay. IF you run into one who does... just move on the next person and you will probably get a different result.

    Most of the stories of people not renting, or not selling cakes, or a teeshirt... are urban-legends. Something you hear about (which grows and grows in the community as the story is told as if it happened to someone they know). It's usually not something you actually experienced first hand. So it's easy for these rumors and isolated incidents to quickly grow out of proportion and appear epidemic.

    If you REALLY can't get a cake, or a teeshirt, anywhere (because you are gay)... let us know and we'll pass a law. But it's hard to outlaw jerk behavior.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    We have a gay couple in our neighborhood in Bountiful. They refer to themselves as "the boys." They are quiet and keep their property immaculate. They clear snow off neighboring properties and bring us hot bread at Christmas. You couldn't ask for better neighbors. To those mean-spirited people who say "keep them out," I say send them over to us. We'll be glad to have them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    I think true emancipation will come the first time a landlord refuses to rent to someone because they are NOT gay.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    Better yet,
    Knowing they were Gay or Lesbian -- and renting anyway.

    Kudo's for having such a tolerant and inclusive, rather than exclusive attitude.

    BTW -- We wouldn't even have to pass laws if people would just stop the bigotry and choose the right.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    If I were a landlord and rented to people, the only thing I would care about is how well the renters bothered to care for the property. Some people have just about ruined the place before they move out. I wonder if it would be discrimination for a landlord to be able to call a previous landlord of the potential renter and check to see if they took care of the place or trashed it? I'd like to think they could, but I'm sure in these PC days, it would be some kind of Major Civil Rights Violation to do so. As for their race, religion, or sex. I could care less. I would much rather have a gay couple, or athiest family who respected other peoples property than a Mormon family who left the place looking like it should be transferred to the local dump when they moved out. Glad I'm not a landlord.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    I do agree with the editorial and I have a question for those who think the Sutherland Institute is correct to oppose the bill.

    Question: If we change the talk from Gay to Interracial, do you feel the same way?

    For example, is it okay for a business to deny an interracial couple a service that is provided to a couple of the same race?

    How about just denying service to someone based on their race?

    Nope, that isn't good either.

    For some reason, we all managed to survive and grow as a nation as segregation was eliminated yet some people want to bring it back but this time based on sexual orientation.

    Separate but equal is not a policy anyone should be recommending.

    Here is another question: What if you were denied access to a service (company, government, housing, flights or other) because you have children.

    That is what the Anti-Discrimination bill avoids. It is about equality for everyone to be able to access the same services regardless of race, sex or orientation.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:09 a.m.

    Well said, Thomas and Sherri Park, and very very true.