A billionaire and the tech industry are trying to shape LGBTQ rights in deeply Mormon Utah – The Washington Post

A billionaire and the tech industry are trying to shape LGBTQ rights in deeply Mormon Utah – The Washington Post

While LGBTQ advocates often view the enormous influence of the LDS church as an obstacle, some observers say it can be an advantage, too. Mormons make up about 86 percent of the state legislature, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune, while about 60 percent of Utahns are Mormon, according to the latest figures available from the LDS Church. Once Mormon leaders and lawmakers got behind anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, they were able to get them through a Republican-controlled legislature, a rare step, according to Lambda Legal, a nonprofit group that tracks LGBTQ rights legislation.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/12/21/utah-compromise-religious-lgbtq-rights/