Midvale City becomes the 11th Utah City to Pass Ordinance Banning Housing and Employment Discrimination for LGBT Residents
Tonight was another step towards ending discrimination for LGBT citizens in Utah. Midvale City became the 11th city in Utah to offer protections for LGBT citizens against housing and employment discrimination. The city council voted and approved ” Ordinance No. 201102. An Ordinance Enacting Title 26, Chapters 1 through 4 of the Midvale City Municipal Code in order to establish unlawful discriminatory Employment and Housing Practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” via Midvale City Council Agenda You can read the Ordinance in its entirety here.
Salt Lake City became the first city government in Utah to pass LGBT non-discrimination ordinance over a year ago. Since then nine more cities and counties have followed suit using the same ordinance verbiage. The Mormon church has publically endorsed passing housing and employment protections, something the Utah legislature has been unable to do.
A leading LGBT civil rights organization, Equality Utah has been actively campaigning for cities across the state to adopt non-discrimination practices and the fruits of that success are once again evident in this latest victory. Equality Utah was recently listed in Change.Orgs Gay Rights Hero’s of 2010 for their work in bringing an end to housing and employment discrimination in Utah.
Conversely, the state government has been highly ineffective in creating and passing similar legislation that would protect LGBT citizens state-wide. The Utah State Legislature seems out of touch with both the will of Utah’s citizens (66% of Utah’s support a statewide law according to the Salt Lake Tribune) and the Mormon Church, which openly endorsed Salt Lake City’s ordinance. If the Republican led Legislature isn’t representing the will of the people or their religious patriarchs, who are they representing? It seems it’s a classic case of self-interest. Perhaps on the first day of the 2011 Legislative season (January 24th) our friends in the Utah Legislature should follow the lead of their Republican counterparts in Washington and READ the constitution!