So, Equality Utah took them at their word and launched the "Common ground" initiatives regarding health care, fair employment, and inheritance. Not gay marriage. Not even civil unions. Just statutory protections for same sex couples in Utah.
So, how are they doing? Not so well, reports the SLC Tribune:
Four down, one to go.Alas, it failed that test. As reported by a SLC Tribune blog,
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.
Probably the most frustrating part for the bill's supporters is that HB160 obviously was dead before the House Judiciary Committee convened. Nevertheless, citizens, gay and straight, went through the motions—testifying the state needs a simple way to protect the rights of cohabiting adults in inheritance and medical decision making. The opposition, including the Eagle Forum's Gayle Ruzicka, right, complained that the bill was unnecessary and a veilded attempt to drag the state into legalizing gay marriage.As Andrew Sullivan noted on his blogpost Calling the Christianist bluff, there never was any interest in fairness. This exposes the opposition's views clearly. It is simply contempt, without even the pretense of a fair hearing about how these people's lives are affected.
Strikingly, few committee members bothered to ask questions...Rep. Keith Grover, R-Orem, idly surfed the Web on his laptop as unmarried couples told of their fears that they would not be able to care medically, financially and emotionally for "the person who matters to me most."
Meanwhile, a hateful and hate-filled advertisement published in the SLC Tribune attacking the "Homosexual movement" and declaring "homosexuality is not a race!" It states
.Now, I want you to think if instead of "homosexual" it said black. Or Mexicans. Or Jewish. Or, Mormon. Do you think this advertisement would have been accepted and published in a major city newspaper if it singled out any other group of Americans?
"To add sexual orientation to the law...would enhance the rights of a few and diminish the rights of the rest...." "By holding hands and kissing in public.....if backed by law will force the acceptance of homosexuality as a[n equal] relationship"
"Gays should be forced not to display their conduct to our children". "people can be gay, like people can be druggies or hookers"
They aren't interested in co-existence. They aren't interested in tolerance. They lied about that, too. Maybe it's time to bring out the pink triangles in Utah.
(Update) Adding to the theme, in a recent interview with a Utah TV station, UT State Senator Buttars revealed that gays are"probably the greatest threat to America." Think Muslim terrorists, and yes, he went there. This is a man who takes credit for destruction of any gay rights legislation in Utah. His family values are so strong he is the former director of one of the Mormon re-education camps, known for abuse of young people and also favored as a place to beat "teh gay" out of them.