The Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA) urged the Cedar City Council to vote to pass anti-bias laws protecting against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The SUUSA voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass a resolution asking the city to reconsider the ordinances.
In October of last year, the city considered two ordinances that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in the workplace and in housing. The ordinances were discussed in meetings for more than a month and public comment was received. However, the ordinances never came to a vote.
The SUUSA resolution asks the city council to reconsider the ordinances.
“The student body of Southern Utah University fully supports the adoption of anti-discrimination ordinances protecting residents against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as proposed for Cedar City,” the resolution states.
SUU has protections in place for students and employees to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but the city does not offer the same protections.
Students make up a large portion of the population of the city, as much as 25 percent, and are an important part of the city’s constituency, said Benjamin King Smith, president of the Queer-Straight Alliance at SUU, in a press release. The issues that are important to the students should be considered by the city council, he said.