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No Common Ground: First of Five Gay Rights Bills in Utah Killed

The first piece of legislation presented in Equality Utah's 'Common Ground Initiative', a bill that "would have amended state law so that financial dependents -- besides spouses, parents and children -- could sue if a breadwinner suffers a wrongful death," suffered a quick defeat in the Utah Senate judiciary committee yesterday:

Buttars"A standing-room-only crowd listened to nearly two hours of testimony before the committee, led by Republican Sen. Chris Buttars, voted 4-2 against sending the measure to the Senate floor. Only McCoy, who is openly gay, and fellow Salt Lake City Democrat Ross Romero voted for the bill. Buttars, who was lobbied by a group of gay and bisexual activists at his West Jordan home earlier this month, didn't comment on McCoy's proposal during the meeting."

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: " Equality Utah's drive -- crafted in response to statements the LDS Church has made that it does not oppose some rights for same-sex couples -- includes creating a statewide domestic-partner registry and protecting someone from being fired or evicted for being gay. Sen. Scott McCoy's SB32 would have amended state law so that financial dependents -- besides spouses, parents and children -- could sue if a breadwinner suffers a wrongful death. The measure would have benefited same-sex couples, but also other nontraditional households, such as one in which a grandmother relies on a grandson for financial support."

The LDS statement, released in response to the uproar following the passage of Proposition 8, said that the Mormon church "does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights or probate rights."

Tuesday's vote cast doubt on five additional forthcoming bills in the 'Common Ground Initiative' legislation. Buttass has spearheaded anti-gay initiatives in Utah in the past, including legislation allowing schools to eliminate gay-straight alliances and other groups promoting tolerance.

Hundreds of supporters of the 'Common Ground Initiative' marched in Salt Lake City over the weekend ahead of the legislative session. Watch the report on that, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So, is a Buttass lower than a Butthead, or what?

    Posted by: Seadog | Jan 28, 2009 9:26:28 AM

  2. You couldn't pay me to go to Utah! The ONLY good thing about UTAH is "BIG LOVE"..period!

    Posted by: DISGUSTED AMERICAN | Jan 28, 2009 10:03:04 AM

  3. Too bad this Buttars isn't as nice as Butters.

    "My name is Butters, I'm 8 years old, I'm blood type O and I'm bi-curious! And even that's okay, because if I'm bi-curious and I'm somehow made from God, then I figure God might be a little bi-curious himself!"

    Posted by: MAJeff | Jan 28, 2009 10:03:06 AM

  4. Just one more reason to stay the hell away from Utah. Let the Mormon crackpots have it.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 28, 2009 10:13:17 AM

  5. To me its a problem with the old school generation who needs to retire and let the world change for the good and prosper. Full Equality is an American value.

    Posted by: duane harrison | Jan 28, 2009 10:24:13 AM

  6. Gee, the LDS Church really has a habit of breaking the Commandments. We already know they enjoy the bearing of the false witness, now they lie in the name of God (breaks #2).

    Maybe they need to re-think Monson's title: Living Prophet, Seer, Revelator, and Official Spokesperson of Untruths as Deemed Necessary and Convenient.

    Posted by: Rick in Ohio | Jan 28, 2009 10:24:57 AM

  7. Utah is a beautiful state. Most of the people are pretty nice, too. It's a shame that the LDS Church has decided to be so out-of-touch on gay rights. Most younger mormons I know (like young people in general) don't have a huge problem with gays. Unfortunately, unlike some more liberal churches that encourage discussion, their church is not one where people can speak up without fear of being excommunicated. It's literally the case that if you disagree with your bishop on this issue than you could lose your entire community. That's a pretty significant loss for anyone to take. Sadly, what it's going to take for the LDS Church to get with it is for the older generation to die off and the younger ones to take their place.

    I wonder how that LIBERAL splinter group (not those fundamentalist wackos who have camps) from the main LDS Church is doing right now. I'll bet its numbers are up after all this crap.

    Posted by: GayRepublican | Jan 28, 2009 11:23:06 AM

  8. Surprise! Bigots lie.

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Jan 28, 2009 11:26:33 AM

  9. shocker!! No one could have predicted this!

    Seriously, what do these people think? We're stupid or something. The boycott of Utah may recommence, if ever some people were hoodwinked into stopping. The Mormon Church has a long, long history of bigotry toward gay people. This should surprise exactly no one.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 28, 2009 3:01:31 PM

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