Utah Senate committee votes down LGBT rights bill

Posted on 29 Jan 2009 at 6:42pm
By Associated Press

Opponents say it would be a move toward legalizing gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY — A Senate committee has defeated the first of a package of bills to give basic civil rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake, would have amended state law to allow anyone in certain types of dependent relationships, including same-sex couples, to sue for wrongful death damages.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the bill Tuesday, Jan. 27, with McCoy and Sen. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake, supporting it.

The senators who voted against the bill said they were concerned that approving it would be a move toward legalizing gay marriage, which was banned in a constitutional amendment in 2004.

McCoy says opponents were trying to link the bill to marriage, but that it was specific in not being about that issue.

Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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