Press Room

March 24, 2004

Category: Civil Unions, Domestic Partners

HRC: Utah Deserves More Than Divisive Politics

"The people of Utah deserve equality, not discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Utah Gov. Olene Walker Tuesday signed a divisive and discriminatory measure into law that restates a 1996 Utah law that denies marriage rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples. The new law also bans civil unions, domestic partnerships or related legal protection for same-sex couples.

"The people of Utah deserve equality, not discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "It's stunning that the Governor signed into law a bill that discriminates against her own citizens."

"It's a shame that the fearful, closed-minded politics of a few so strongly influence a thoughtful person like Governor Walker to sign such a divisive act into law," said Michael Mitchell, executive director of Equality Utah.

The law (SB24) was signed shortly after another divisive measure passed the Legislature - an anti-family amendment to the Utah Constitution that would ban marriage and any relationship recognition for same-sex couples. That measure will appear on the ballot in November.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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