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Third and Fourth Utah 'Common Ground' Gay Rights Bills Killed

Two more bills making up a gay rights "Common Ground Initiative" have failed to leave committee, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Huntsman"The Utah Legislature snuffed out two more gay-rights bills Tuesday. After lengthy public hearings, House committees rejected two measures: HB288, which would have allowed same-sex couples and other unmarried pairs to adopt and foster children; and HB267, which would have protected gay and transgender Utahns from housing and employment discrimination. Two other gay-rights measures also are off the docket: One was pulled by its sponsor and the other died in committee. The final bill faces a test today. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (pictured) endorsed the gay-rights effort, including the bills that make up the so-called Common Ground Initiative. 'We threw our support behind the initiative,' Huntsman said Tuesday. 'It was probably a tall order.' Still, the Republican governor said he was glad there had been 'discussion' about the proposed laws. In rejecting the latest measures, opponents painted being gay as a 'choice' rather than an innate characteristic -- contrary to a broad consensus among psychological and medical experts."

Over the weekend, a group called America Forever took out a full page ad in the Tribune filled with hateful rhetoric and fear tactics.

The fifth "Common Ground" bill, which deals with property inheritance, medical decisions, and hospital visitation, is scheduled to be taken up this morning.

A news clip on the two recently-failed bills, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Have we ever called their bluff that they would accept these things, just not marriage! Now to make hay while the sun shines.

    Posted by: satori | Feb 18, 2009 6:56:48 AM

  2. OK, who's actually surprised by this?

    Posted by: MAJeff | Feb 18, 2009 7:14:47 AM

  3. FUCK UTAH & the couldn't pay me to go there!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 18, 2009 8:59:15 AM

  4. So I guess the Mormons are liars.

    Isn't that a sin for them too, or do they have different rules about such things?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 18, 2009 9:36:14 AM

  5. Not surprised here. I expect the somewhat related bill making its way through the New Mexico Senate to die an untimely death as well.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Feb 18, 2009 9:40:12 AM

  6. Not surprised. The state is run by backwards idiots.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 18, 2009 11:31:42 AM

  7. Surprise, surprise, Mormonia is homophobic. Who knew?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Feb 18, 2009 12:12:38 PM

  8. Can we kick them out of the union?

    Posted by: Attmay | Feb 18, 2009 12:59:25 PM

  9. UTAH is hate you spelled backwards!!!

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 18, 2009 2:37:10 PM

  10. Utah = (at least)80% Mormons
    (most) Mormons = homophobics, wackjobs, liars, bigots

    So is anyone surprised by this? I don't think so! and btw, i really don't like the name of the initiative. 'Common Ground'? Does it suggest that 'we' share a common interest with those religious nuts? Are you kidding me? I'm just so sick and tired of watching lgbt-rights groups trying to convince the rest of the people that 'we' are similar to them. It's like trying to convince them that we are humans too. As many have said, no more mr. nice gay, if they want to 'fight', let's give it to them.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Feb 18, 2009 2:39:33 PM

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