Sen. Alvin Jackson, R-Alpine, announced this week that he is resigning from the Utah State Senate in order to move to Virginia to be closer with his family.
Jackson was appointed two years ago to replace Sen. John Valentine, who left the post to become chairman of the Utah Tax Commission.
Jackson was outspoken during the floor testimony for SB296 — a compromise bill upholding religious liberties for certain organizations and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in housing and employment.
Jackson testified it “disturbs me to the core” when the LGBT community compares its “crusade to the civil rights movement of my forefathers.”
“To me, their collective efforts have been minimized, when you take that list that has race on it, and you put sexual orientation and gender identity right next to it. I cannot accept that,” said Jackson, who is African-American. “I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m proud to say that. But my black Baptist roots won’t allow me to accept what’s in this legislation.”
He was one of five senators who voted against the legislation.