A reminder of Utah senators who voted against SB296, equal protections

It is election time and we wanted to remind you of which Utah senators voted against SB296, the compromise bill that upheld religious liberties while granting protection status to LGBT people in housing and employment.

CHRISAMAllen M. Christensen
(R) – District: 19 | County(ies): Morgan, Summit, Weber.
Began legislative service: January 1, 2005
Pediatric Dentist
Christensen has consistently voted against any LGBT-positive legislation, and for any anti-LGBT legislation, for the past decade.

DAYTOMMargaret Dayton
(R) – District: 15 | County(ies): Utah
Began legislative service: House of Representatives July 25, 1996 – December 31, 2006; Senate January 1, 2007
Joined then-Sen. Buttars in the 2004 SB – Marriage Recognition Policy that stated the state is to only recognize as a marriage the union between a man and a woman. Has also promoted abstinence-only sex education in the state.

HINKIDPDavid P. Hinkins
(R) – District: 27 | County(ies): Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Utah, Wasatch
Began legislative service: January 1, 2009

JACKSABAlvin B. Jackson
(R) – District: 14 | County(ies): Utah
Began legislative service: Appointed 2014
Said he finds the disturbing when LGBT advocates compare their fight to the struggle for black civil rights and activists in that effort. “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.”

JENKISKScott K. Jenkins
(R) – District: 20 | County(ies): Davis, Weber
Began legislative service: January 1, 2001
Owner, plumbing supply company, Great Western Supply
Has sad over the years that nondiscrimination laws would create special treatment for gay and lesbian Utahns. “In my mind, you are picking a special activity and creating a special class of people.”

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  1. I find it interesting that Senator Margaret Dayton stated that one of her concerns was that DSM-5 definition of Gender Identity included Pedophilia. From her statement she heard this from several people.

    I looked a little into this, though I do not own the current manual, but those two are in completely different sections and are not under the same definition.

    Then of course she continues with it creating a "special class". Yeah like religion is a special class, and all the other people protected from discrimination.

    It seems she didn't do her homework on this bill. In fact I wonder if she actually read it.

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