Equality Utah to host Utah GOP governor candidates’ Equality Forum
Equality Utah will host a forum featuring the four Republican gubernatorial candidates on Thursday, May 21. The simulcast of the Equality Forum will occur on Equality Utah’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube at 7 p.m.
“The Equality Forum is a first for Utah, and a first for red states across the country,” the organization said in a statement.
“Utah continues to be a beacon to conservative states on LGBTQ public policy. Year after year, we’ve proven that people with different ideological views can come together and discover common ground” stated Executive Director Troy Williams. “Utahns may not agree on every policy issue, but we always engage with each other to find positive solutions to complex issues.”
The group says that all candidates have at some point helped move the state forward on LGBTQ issues.
“Long before marriage equality was a possibility, [then-]Gov. Jon Huntsman challenged party orthodoxy to advocate for civil unions and anti-discrimination protections.
“As Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox has long championed suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.
“As Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes helped pass Utah’s landmark LGBTQ nondiscrimination law in 2015.
“As Republican Party Chair, Thomas Wright challenged the party to include and involve LGBTQ Utahns,” the statement read.
In 2015 Utah passed a law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment and housing. In 2017, Utah repealed an anti-LGBTQ curriculum law that prohibited discussion of homosexuality in public schools. In 2019, the state passed an LGBTQ-inclusive hate crime law. Earlier this year, Utah became the 19th state in the nation to protect minors from conversion therapy.