Common Ground Initiative

Common_Ground-small-decalDuring and following California's Proposition 8 campaign, the LDS Church declared it is not "anti-gay" and "does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights." On November 5th, Elder L. Whitney Clayton stated the LDS Church does not oppose "civil unions or domestic partnerships." In response to these statements, Equality Utah launched its Common Ground Initiative, designed to address each of the issues mentioned by the LDS Church. In 2009 we ran common sense legislation that would have provided these rights and protections, and the work continues.

Equality Utah is committed to securing these rights and protections for LGBT Utahns and their families. Common Ground is a long term strategy, and we are continu ing the work for these protections, and full equality.

  1. Fair Housing & Employment: Right now it is legal in Utah for people to be fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes just because they're gay LGBT.
  2. Expanding Health Care: Most LGBT Utahns can not insure their family. Currently, Equality Utah is working with cities, counties and other large scale employers to provide adult designee benefits.
  3. Inheritance: The sudden death of a loved one is painful. When someone dies because of the negligence or malpractice of another, we can help families stay in their homes by removing existing barriers to inheritance and insurance.
  4. Relationship Recognition: Apart from marriage, we can do much more to help committed couples in Utah care for each other. If you are in a committed relationship, it is important to do everything you can to protect yourselves.

Common Ground Businesses

Visit our directory of Common Ground Businesses who have shown their support in our community for the Common Ground Initiative.


California and Same-Sex Marriage
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
June 30, 2008

The Divine Institution of Marriage
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
August 13, 2008

Church Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Votes
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
November 5, 2008

Mormon Leaders Urge Respect for Foes in Gay-Marriage Debate (not available online)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Brooke Adams
November 5, 2008

LDS Official Lauds Work for California's Prop. 8 (not available online)
Deseret News
Carrie A. Moore
November 6, 2008

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