Guiding Principles

It is Equality Utah's position that all individuals have the right to protection from discrimination and bias-motivated harassment and violence.

Accordingly, we support:

  1. Securing measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, public accommodation, education and extension of credit.
  2. Securing measures to prevent harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression in Utah's public schools and in foster care and juvenile detention settings.
  3. Assuring that the juvenile justice system extend to LGBT youth the same procedural and other protections extended to all other youth.

It is Equality Utah's position that all families, including the families of LGBT people, deserve the government's support, protection and equal treatment in their roles as partners, parents and caregivers. Moreover, it is Equality Utah's position that the children of same-sex and transgender couples are often the ones who suffer most when the government denies their parents the same benefits and treatment provided to all other families.

Accordingly, we support:

  1. Securing measures to create domestic partner registries for same-sex and transgender partners.
  2. Adopting domestic partner benefits for same-sex and transgender partners.
  3. Extending state and municipal employee health and other benefits rights to same-sex and transgender partners.
  4. Securing measures to extend hospital visitation rights and emergency medical decision-making rights to same-sex and transgender partners.
  5. Assuring that parents in same-sex and transgender relationships be given the same adoption and custody rights extended to all other parents.

As a matter of basic fairness and sound public policy, Equality Utah supports civil marriage equality for LGBT Utahns. Accordingly, Equality Utah supports the repeal of Amendment 3. Until such time as Amendment 3 is repealed or invalidated, it is the position of Equality Utah that Amendment 3 should be interpreted narrowly as dealing only with marriage and not as preempting state or municipal governments' power to extend to same-sex and transgender couples any of the above-mentioned rights, legal protections and benefits.

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