Mayor Ralph Becker Signs Anti-Discrimination Laws

San Francisco signed Fair Workplace and Housing laws into effect with Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone in 1979, now 30 years later Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker signs his name to the list of champions of human rights.

This afternoon, before a crowd of 50-100 people, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker follow the recommendation of the Salt Lake Human Rights Commission and signed into law the recently approved Fair Workplace and Housing ordinances with cheers from onlookers. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Commission, led by Jon Jepsen delivered a report to the Mayor and the City Council detailing discriminations that are being visited on a large number of Salt Lake City residents. According to the report, members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community in Salt Lake are being unfairly treated, as under current laws in Salt Lake it is legal to fire, refuse to employ, evict and refuse housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Salt Lake is behind the majority of this country” when it comes to these rights said Jepsen, and something needs to be done about it. The Mayor went further and said he hoped these rights would spread “throughout the rest of the state.”


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric M. Fancy on November 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Finally all of us Salt Lake residents who belong to the GLBT community can breath a sigh of relief!


  2. Posted by Justan on November 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wonderful! This is such a great thing for our community. Thank you Mayor Becker! Thank you so much for what you are doing for us.


  3. Your 1969 date for the S.F. anti-discrimination law is wrong… Mayor Moscone was elected in 1975, and Harvey as Supervisor in 1977. Somehow you have your dates wrong. I met many young people who moved to S.F. in the 60s and 70’s from Utah… and like Harvey and myself… who left their hometowns
    (Harvey from N.Y. and myself from Chicago)because it was Taboo to be or know someone gay back then.
    It’s nice to know there is progress in Utah, and hopefully soon
    no one will have to move from their hometowns there and elsewhere… to be themselves.


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