Thursday, February 19, 2009
Utah was going for the gold trying to get 3 gay rights bills passed. But in the end, they were not successful.
A legislative committee shot down the Common Ground Initiative's ideas of equality for Utah. Here's the damage for HB160:
HB160 received support from couples — straight and gay — but ultimately did not win any Republican votes Wednesday. HB160, however, took hits from opponents, who said the bill was "unnecessary" and, as they argued with other bills in the gay-rights initiative, would pave the way for same-sex marriage in Utah.
The other 2 bills didn't fair well either. Some believe that the full page ad sparked too much drama and fear in the community. And others felt like it was a decisive ploy. But no worries, lawmakers who supported the bills are coming back for another round next year.