The Latter Day Saints church is supporting Salt Lake City, Utah’s city council’s decision to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes in housing and employment.
“This has happened in the LDS church because people are telling their clergy leaders they believe the church should be about lifting people up, not pushing them down,” commented Harry Knox, director of Human Rights Campaign’s religion and faith program. “This decision is the result of vocal and consistent advocacy by LGBT people, their family and friends, inside and outside the LDS church. Employment and housing protections for LGBT people is fully embraced by mainstream America, and the LDS Church is simply coming into the fold. We hope the LDS church will commit the same level of resources to ensuring full employment protection to everyone as it did to deny marriage equality to loving, same-sex couples in California.” – by Nancy Ford