I’ve gotten a lot of negative comments about my post due to the information that I included about my experiences living in the state of Utah. The point of the post was primarily to discuss the “Common Ground Initiative,” not to be a “bigot” or “burn bridges.” Thus, I have removed any content that is not directly related to the initiative. Thank you for your comments and feedback.
No Same-Sex Legal Protection in Utah
I recently saw an article posted by the Salt Lake Tribune, questioning rebuttals to Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative. I had a mini-aneurysm when I saw that "Fair Housing & Employment" was one of the topics of contention. This item stands to be introduced as a bill in the 2009 General Session of the Utah Legislature. "Fair Housing & Employment" or HB 267 "modifies provisions related to discrimination in housing and employment, including amending the Utah Anti discrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act."
Among other things, it
prohibits discrimination in housing and employment related to sexual orientation and gender identity
Call me naive, but I had no idea you could still fire someone or evict them because they were gay or transgender! The Constitutional Defense of Marriage Alliance and Sutherland Institute "think tank" are issuing rebuttals to this bill and others on the Common Ground Initiative. In fact, both of these groups are claiming that the Common Ground Initiative would pave the way to legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah. On their Website, the Sutherland Institute goes so far to state:
Utahns are now the target of a clever marketing campaign that is presented as a non-threatening effort to find "common ground." Like our friends and families in California, it’s now our turn to Stand Up to Protect Marriage here in Utah.
So…let me get this straight. These groups think that because someone can currently get fired for having a picture of their same-sex partner on their desk at work or evicted because they have "a roommate" that they happen to love…they think that these outrageous, discriminatory actions are going to PREVENT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FROM BEING LEGALIZED IN UTAH (*queue second aneurysm*)???!!!!.
These are basic, legal protections. Why should being gay in a place of employment be taken into greater consideration than a person’s performance or accomplishments? What business is it of theirs that someone has their gay friends over for a cocktail or that they share their bed with a person of the same sex? I don’t live in Utah any more, but feel that all people in that state should be treated equally and fairly under the law.