Religious freedom and anti-bias bills announced at pro-traditional marriage gathering

LEHI — Supporters of traditional marriage rallied support Thursday for three bills that would respond to a December federal court ruling that struck down Utah’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and a statewide nondiscrimination law.

The three bills are sponsored by Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, who asked more than 1,000 people gathered at Thanksgiving Point to speak out against a “sexual stratagem” that has divided political loyalties and threatens religious liberty…

The event sponsored by the conservative Sutherland Institute and First Freedoms Coalition was the largest of three similar First Freedom Forums held in St. George and Logan to rally support for the bills…

Both Reid and Mero urged the audience to treat those they disagree with civilly while giving those attending talking points to present to lawmakers who convene next week in a session where gay rights and religious freedom are sure to collide.

“In addition to a renewed support for traditional marriage and the natural family, I hope you leave here tonight with a renewed sense of citizenship and with a specific call to action,” Mero said. “I hope you leave here tonight with a better understanding of what’s at stake and a better way to share your concerns with your elected representatives, family, and neighbors.”

Deseret News

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