Chris Stewart introduces new LGBT rights-religious liberty bill to mixed reviews

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — It’s a new bill, but Representative Chris Stewart’s attempt to “harmonize” LGBT rights and religious liberty have largely split the electorate along familiar lines.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in favor of the bill, a spokesperson on Monday calling it a “common ground” plan.

The Utah Pride Center called it a one-sided law that would enshrine members of their community as second class citizens.

Stewart says the bill would outlaw discrimination against people who are gay in matters of housing, employment and credit.

It would also shield the tax-exempt status of churches and religious schools who may hold a range of views on human sexuality.

It would allow religious business owners to abstain from selling products or services in contexts that violate their beliefs.

Gay couples would be allowed to adopt or foster children, but the law would also preserve the rights of faith-based adoption agencies to operate as they see fit.

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