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Salt Lake City Celebrates New Housing, Employment Protections

On April 2nd, Salt Lake City's new ordinances protecting its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from employment and housing discrimination went into effect. These new protections are the first of their kind in Utah. They establish an independent, voluntary remediation process to address allegations of discrimination before bringing any unresolved issues before the City Attorney’s Office. Other municipalities in Utah have since begun pushing for similar measures. Concluding a two year campaign that drew support from powerful religious constituencies, Salt Lake mayor Ralph Becker joined with LGBT advocates in welcoming the new ordinances. John Bennett, the Human Rights Campaign’s Utah Steering Committee Political Co-Chair, spoke about his experience of having been fired for being gay back in 1986. He urged those present to contact their United States Representatives and Senators to tell them to pass the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act this year.

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