State of Utah Archives: on Civil Rights

Misty Snow: Protect rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people

While there has been significant progress over the last few years to help protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people, much still needs to be done before we have full equality under the law. As a member of the LGBT community, I care very deeply about these issues and want to see an end to all forms of discrimination.

It is still legal in most states to fire someone or deny them the right to work simply because they are LGBT. It's time we passed an employment non-discrimination act in congress that would protect the rights of LGBT people to work.

We are seeing conservative lawmakers trying to pass legislation that would ban trans* people from being able to access appropriate restrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms. As a trans woman I find this trend to be very problematic as these kinds of laws do not protect anyone or solve any problems; they only exist to create barriers for trans* people trying to live normal and authentic lives.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Misty Snow: Ratify treaty on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

It's time to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which shows a commitment for respecting the rights of women. We signed the treaty in 1980 but failed to ratify it. It's past time for us to show women that we care about women's rights and are committed to ending all discrimination against them.
Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Equal pay laws end illegal wage discrimination against women

In Utah, women make 67 cents for every dollar paid to men, the second-worst gender wage gap in the nation. The difference is even larger for women of color. I believe in equal pay for equal work and at CHG Healthcare I worked hard to close the pay gap and encourage women to take on leadership roles. Last year, we were recognized as the 15th best place in America for women to work.

As governor, I will ensure that public and private employers in Utah are complying with state and federal equal pay laws and remove barriers to compensation for those who have faced illegal wage discrimination. We also need to make it easier for women to remain in the workforce though programs like paid family leave, because when women can balance work and family, our economy grows. Further, we need to increase the wages women earn, both by raising the minimum wage and encouraging more girls and women to study STEM fields.

Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Jonathan Johnson: Marriage is between a man and a woman

Marriage has always been a state issue, and should be left up to the states. Along with the majority of Utahns, I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and the legal definition of marriage should be decided by Utahns and not by federal government mandate.
Source: 2016 Utah Gubernatorial campaign website, Dec 10, 2015

ACLU: Gay marriage bans deny rights to loving & committed couples

A federal judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the US Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process: "The state's current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason. Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."

The judge said that while he agreed with Utah that marriage has traditionally been left to regulation by the states: "The issue the court must address in this case is not who should define marriage, but the narrow question of whether Utah's current definition of marriage is permissible under the Constitution."

The ACLU of Utah filed an amicus brief in the case and legal director John Mejia said the organization was "thrilled" by the decision. "We think that it was a discriminatory law that only served to deny loving and committed couples the protection and dignity of marriage," he said

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, "Marriage & Utah laws" Dec 20, 2013

Dan Liljenquist: Traditional pillars of civil society under assault

The traditional family has been a cornerstone of society for thousands of years. With the pillars of civil society under assault, and the courts increasingly left unchecked by the other two branches of government, leaving traditional marriage open to unchallenged interpretation by unelected judges would be akin to abandoning the field.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, May 24, 2012

Vaughn Cook: Dems respect that most Utahns prefer traditional marriage

A revised platform intended to give the Democratic Party more mainstream voter appeal in Utah County was adopted. That makeover includes a Republican-like definition of marriage and follows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on abortion. But that doesn't mean Utah County Democrats have taken an if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em philosophy, said Vaughn Cook, chairman of the Utah County Democratic Party. "I think (the new platform) is a good reflection of the attitudes and beliefs of most Democrats in Utah County," Cook said.

On the topic of families, the platform states that Utah County Democrats, like most Utahns, "define marriage as the union of one man and one woman." That statement is followed by more open-minded language: "However, we also acknowledge that some have deeply held and sometimes differing views on this issue. We seek to understand those differences in a spirit of civility, hope and mutual respect."

Source: Deseret News on 2016 Utah Gubernatorial race Jun 14, 2006

Rocky Anderson: Equal rights for gays and lesbians

Recognition of the equal rights of gays and lesbians, and decent treatment of everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, is indeed one of the crucial civil rights issues of our time. Although personal prejudices are difficult to overcome, we can--and should--achieve an approach in our public dealings that promotes fundamental morality--love, respect and compassion for all of our brothers and sisters. And, in our public and personal lives, we can endeavor to comply with what is perhaps the greatest of all moral injunctions: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, as Rabbi Hillel (first century BCE) implored: 'What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow creature. That is the whole Law; the rest is commentary.'
Source: Anderson interview: The Enterprise, Utah's Business Journal Dec 1, 1997

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