Republicans in Utah are busy pushing through a bill to give special rights to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered. The bill sailed through a Republican-controlled Senate committee in a unanimous vote Thursday before earning a promise from [Republican] Gov. Gary Herbert that he would sign the measure. [Update: It passed the State Senate on 3/6/15]
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said his own understanding about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and had evolved. “I’m not in the same place that I was a year ago, where I was two years ago. … This is a paradigm shift for many,” said Weiler, noting his own conservative Mormon background.
“It sends a message to thousands of young people who are struggling with their identity, who are …. ” he said, pausing to steady himself and wipe away a tear, ” … struggling with whether they want to stay alive.”
What is it about Republicans and crying? The crying state senator claims that without passage, bisexuals and transvestites will kill themselves.
Sponsored by Sens. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, the bill nows heads to the full Senate for debate after the chamber’s Business and Labor Committee cleared it in a 7-0 vote.